This was a thing this was actually published in the Washington Post:
If this had an Alexandra Petri byline, would the content be any different?
Much has been written about Brett Kavanaugh as President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, but the discussion has focused on his record as a federal judge and in his legal career.
This is highly unusual! The discussion should focus on inane personality trivia, like he was a presidential candidate.
I’d like to talk about him as Coach K. Like the one at Duke University, this Coach K also is a mentor to student-athletes who love basketball. But his players are sixth-grade girls.
Yeah, look, the guy has been nominated to a life-tenured position with literally life or death consequences. Nice guy? I don’t give a shit. Good father? Fuck you. Go home and play with your kids.
tips for evaluating SCOTUS nominees:
THINGS THAT DON'T MATTER:
1. whether they are nice
2. whether they coach youth sports
3. how many kids they have
THINGS THAT DO MATTER
1-99. how they'll vote in the most consequential issues
100. how smart they are
— Dan Epps (@danepps) July 11, 2018
Also relevant — this excellent subtweet of Akhil Amar:
Some people point to the Supreme Court’s relatively conservative history to reassure us that things will not be so bad. That will be largely true for the socioeconomically well-off, mostly white elite Supreme Court watchers who are largely insulated from many of society’s harshest tendencies.