In judging someone, is it still relevant today if he sexually assaulted a woman 36 years ago — and wasn’t even prosecuted for that? (If he would have, by now that would not be on his criminal record already.) Or is it only relevant to the victim, who got life for it without parole? (Ouch!)
Is it still relevant today if someone had an alcohol problem 35 years ago?
And that he assaulted men and sexually assaulted women when drunk?
And what if his track record since then has been perfect?
I can’t tell you. I wouldn’t know by what standard to go for this. But let’s say, for argument’s sake, that all these old things don’t count. Yet, there must be a condition for this. That it’s really only in the past.
But if one is today willing to lie about it, to pile lie upon lie, and gets aggressive about it (now without a drop of alcohol), then these issues cannot be forgotten.
Being violent and dishonest today revives the old flaws and lapses. They suddenly become very relevant. Even after a supposedly pristine time of decades since the earlier misdoings.
And even if one were “provoked” into anger, what one then says is still relevant. It cannot be taken from the record when in an angry mood one says that one’s friendliness and neutrality just came from withholding one’s opinion of anger and disdain but that one really loathes the others.
And this is how Judge Brett Kavanaugh revived his bad past. He showed that his youthful sins are completely relevant today. He has not learned any lesson from them. He just covers up, pretends and builds alibis.
Just like Trump, he makes conservatives look bad. And while there could be honorable reasons for someone to be so conservative that one would stop gay marriage and legal abortions if one could, in his case, we must assume that such insensitivity is rooted in the old callous soil too.
He’s not been disqualified for the job. He never really was eligible.