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On Kavanaugh, Should You Switch Sides?


The partisan divide over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court runs deep. Rank-and-file Democrats are desperate to keep Kavanaugh from being confirmed; rank-and-file Republicans are pressuring their representatives to push the confirmation through. But, is it possible that both Democrats and Republicans are rooting for the wrong side?

Democrat operatives know that it is often better to strategically lose a battle than to win a Pyrrhic victory. The throw-everything-against-the-wall campaign against Kavanaugh was not initially intended to bring Kavanaugh down. Democrats assumed that the battle was already lost, and were working to create the impression that Republicans muscled a nefarious, Right-wing candidate onto the Supreme Court. To this end, they needed as much dirt as possible to stick to Kavanaugh.

The latest sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh slightly changes the political calculus. Democrats now have to be careful because there is a real chance they could block Kavanaugh's confirmation. Jeff Flake, Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, Ben Sasse, and Bob Corker ("Republicans of conscience," according to the