This is—and let’s give credit where it’s due—the perfect non-apology apology from Brett Kavanaugh:
I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been. I might have been too emotional at times. I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said. I hope everyone can understand that I was there as a son, husband and dad. I testified with five people foremost in my mind: my mom, my dad, my wife, and most of all my daughters.
No mention of the sexual assault victim.
No mention of what the “few things” were that he shouldn’t have said.
No retraction of the attack on Democrats in general.
No retraction of the accusations against “The Clintons.”
No retraction of his hints at a deep state conspiracy.
No apology to Amy Klobuchar.
Still no response to Patrick Leahy.
In short Brett Kavanaugh’s Wall Street Journal mea culpa is nothing more than a rehash of his Fox News interview where a calm and orderly man fielded softball questions and looked scholarly and judge-like—nothing like the mean drunk who appeared last Thursday.
It’s never wise to infer people’s motives, but sometimes they’re pretty obvious. So let me bypass wisdom (I do that a lot) and say this: Brett Kavanaugh is a vengeful, spiteful, hate-driven reactionary hell-bent on helping reshape the country into what it was before there was room for people of color, for women, for alternative-lifestyles, for immigrants who speak other languages, and on and on. He’s Trump with better hair, and he wants to make America great again, just like his mentor.
The WSJ op-ed apology is an embarrassment—nominees for the Supreme Court don’t do that!—but the only people who will never be embarrassed by it are his Republican enablers. Graham, McConnell, Cornyn, Hatch—they sold their souls so long ago that they can’t even remember what the devil looks like anymore.
Hint: he looks like Kavanaugh—with lousy hair.