Readers React: Nothing about Mitch McConnell’s handling of Brett Kavanaugh was good for our politics

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at the Capitol on Oct. 3.
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To the editor: Jonah Goldberg makes some fair points in his criticism of both parties in the wake of the confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but his praise for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) steely determination in steering the confirmation through the Senate was more than I could take.

Praising such a man for anything in a column bemoaning the political division of our country is laughable. This is a man who created the rule that President Obama could not appoint a justice during the last year of his term because the people should have a voice in the decision, only to back-peddle when asked about possible Trump appointments in 2020.

This sort of filthy politics is the linchpin of political division.


Alan Abajian, Alta Loma


To the editor: After all the nasty, despicable activities regarding the Kavanaugh confirmation process, it would be wise to recognize that the judicial voting record of the Supreme Court’s newest justice is barely discernible from his former colleague’s on the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, Merrick Garland.

Garland, the poster boy of the left after Obama unsuccessfully nominated him for the Supreme Court, voted with Kavanaugh, the poster boy of the right, 93% of the time during their tenure together.

Given that statistic, I would ask each side: Was it really worth all the vitriol, embarrassment and damage to civility for the 7% difference?

William David Stone, Beverly Hills

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