Thus far, the silver lining of the Brett Kavanaugh fiasco has been an emerging national dialog on white male privilege, especially as it relates to sexual assault.
Paul Krugman of the New York Times writes an excellent summary of how Trump and now Kavanaugh are symptoms of a backlash against broad social trends that threaten longstanding privileges.
Another excellent article on this same topic was written by Judith Donath of the Atlantic,
Donath goes into great detail to show how Trump’s style, recently appropriated by Kavanaugh, communicates allegiance to bitter white men who fear their privilege is eroding.
This is, I believe, the greatest appeal that Kavanaugh holds for the Republicans: The rules that apply to others do not apply to them. One of the most vivid illustrations of this maxim is the recent history of the very position for which he is nominated. When President Obama tapped Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court, McConnell decreed that such appointments could not be made in an election year. Now, with Trump in the White House, and a Republican majority Senate, McConnell proclaims that not only may a Justice be nominated and approved, but the confirmation process must be completed with the greatest haste possible.
As we’ve learned in recent years: to the privileged, mere equality feels like oppression. And this seems to be a valid encapsulation of the Kavanaugh debacle, as well as the phenomenon of older white men identifying with sleazy billionaire Trump. His bitterness, resentment and perpetual feeling of being treated unfairly mirror their own. In addition, they feel that they’ve been shamed for decades for being bigoted, homophobic misogynists, but Trump has given them permission, for the first time in their lives, to feel okay about being bigoted, homophobic misogynists.
Rep John Faso fits into this picture because his voting record is so bad on women’s issues. He has been consistently and outspokenly against codifying equality in to the law–which is the very thing our society needs in order to break the patriarchy’s stranglehold on power and opportunity.
Let’s keep working to Fire Feckless Faso and elect Antonio Delgado…