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Kavanaugh confirmed amid controversy

Olivia Dell'Olio, Opinion Editor

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The “Forrest Gump” of republican politics, so named by his colleagues, Brett Kavanaugh passed through the senate judiciary committee by a final vote of 50-48 on October 5. This marked a chapter closed in the appointment process for the Supreme Court Justice spot left vacant by Robert Kennedy this past July.
Kavanaugh, a 53- year-old judge working in the United States Circuit in the District of Columbia, originally received Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court on July 10, and was officially confirmed on October 6.
Hailed as the paradigm of patriotism and all-American purity, Kavanaugh’s path to the Supreme Court was unriddled until “The New Yorker” anonymously published Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegations on September 14.

Above: Kavanaugh being sworn in. Photo Courtesy: Saul Loeb/AFP Getty Images

Two days later, Ford allowed her name to be released in an interview with “The Washington Post”, emerging into the international spotlight after more than three decades of silence.
The senate immediately descended into partisan objections: peaking when Kavanaugh accused the Clintons of organizing a “calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election,” while left-wing observers accused Zina Bash, former Kavanaugh clerk, of flashing a white supremacist hand gesture on television (nationalreview.com).
Throughout Kavanaugh’s hearings, he fastidiously argued his innocence of the accusations, repeatedly pleading he knows “the truth” and his “lifelong record(nbcnews.com)
Two more women came forward publicly with stories of Kavanaugh’s misconduct before his final vote. An additional anonymous accusation letter was sent to Senator Gardner of Colorado, depicting another graphic story of assault, but was later found to be a false accusation made by Judy Munro-Leighton, a reported left-wing activist.
In the wake of the 50-48 vote in favor of passing Kavanaugh through, many Americans are feeling conflicted on the nature of partisanship on Capitol Hill, leaving the nation unsure of the future of bipartisanship in government.

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Kavanaugh confirmed amid controversy