Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.
In an op-ed published Saturday by Politico, former Dean of Yale Law School Robert PostÂ called Brett Kavanaughâs appointmentÂ to the U.S. Supreme Court âan American tragedy,â writing that the nationâs newest Supreme Court justice is the âblack-robed embodiment of raw partisan power inconsistent with any ideal of an impartial judiciary.â
Post described Kavanaugh as a âcasual acquaintance,â noting he watched the judgeâs testimony before the Senate Judiciary committee last month with âsomething approaching unbelief.â
âWith calculation and skill, Kavanaugh stoked the fires of partisan rage and male entitlement,â Post wrote. âHe had apparently concluded that the only way he could rally Republican support was by painting himself as the victim of a political hit job. He, therefore, offered a witchesâ brew of vicious unfounded charges, alleging that Democratic members of the Senate Judicial Committee were pursuing a vendetta on behalf of the Clintons.â
âIf we expect judges to reach conclusions based solely on reliable evidence, Kavanaughâs savage and bitter attack demonstrated exactly the opposite sensibility,â Post wrote, adding he was âshell-shockedâ by Kavanaughâs performance.
Kavanaugh, Post said, chose âambition over professionalismâ and will âremain a symbol of partisan anger, a haunting reminder that behind the smiling face of judicial benevolence lies the force of an urgent will to power.â
âEach and every Republican who votes for Kavanaugh, therefore, effectively announces that they care more about controlling the Supreme Court than they do about the legitimacy of the court itself,â Post wrote. âThere will be hell to pay.â
Post warned Kavanaughâs âvery presenceâ on the Supreme Court âwill undermine the courtâs claim to legitimacy; it will damage the nationâs commitment to the rule of law.â
âIt will be an American tragedy,â he said.
Elizabeth Preza is the Managing Editor of AlterNet. Follow her on TwitterÂ @lizacisms.