“America’s about fairness,” Brett Kavanaugh said Monday night in an interview with Fox News. “I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity and clear my name as quickly as I can.”
Surely there can be no question that America should be about fairness. Yet only a person accustomed to having things go his way in America would assume that it already is.
It’s a horrific unfairness, for example, that for generations, untold numbers of American girls and women have had their lives “derailed” by sexual abuse, to use the term of one of Judge Kavanaugh’s accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, while the boys and men who abused them — maturing, telling themselves they’ve set aside boyish ways, eliding, avoiding, forgetting — chugged along toward successful careers and public acclaim.
It would also be unfair if Judge Kavanaugh is innocent of such abuse, if he is a thoroughly honest and decent man, and yet is ultimately denied a seat on the Supreme Court because of the allegations against him.