Just before the Senate Judiciary Committee voted on whether to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court to the full Senate, I called and emailed the offices of both Senator Cruz and Senator Cornyn to voice my concerns about said vote. I sent postcards to their local offices as well, for good measure. They’re both on the committee, and they’re both–ostensibly–my senators, as I’m a resident of Texas.
I say “ostensibly” because Cornyn’s response demonstrates that he doesn’t represent the interests of the citizens of his state. He represents the interests of his party. Here is a portion of his response, with emphasis added by this blogger:
I believe we should take allegations of misconduct very seriously, which is why I support the thorough investigations being undertaken by the Judiciary Committee and the FBI. Based on his record of integrity as a father, husband, and public servant, I am confident this investigation will demonstrate that Judge Kavanaugh did not engage in any misconduct. As a result, on September 28, 2018, I voted to advance Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination out of the Judiciary Committee with the understanding that it will be considered by the full Senate following the conclusion of FBI’s supplemental background investigation.
I look forward to continuing Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation process and believe that he will serve with honor on the Supreme Court. I hope that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will join together to ensure that this process treats every individual involved with respect, fairness, and decency. I appreciate having the opportunity to represent Texas in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.
Cornyn both supports the investigation, and yet he also looks forward to participating his Kavanaugh’s confirmation? So, even before the FBI completes its investigation, Cornyn is sure that the results will show that Kavanaugh committed no acts of sexual misconduct? Am I to take this as an indication that regardless of those findings, he will vote for Kavanaugh? And why highlight Trump, whose recent behavior shows his unwillingness to treat “every individual involved with respect, fairness, and decency“?
Cornyn purports to represent Texas in the Senate. In reality, he represents the worst of white male privilege in this state.