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Trump knew Kavanaugh had been vetted enough and there - were no skeletons, and he expected

Posted: Oct 7th, 2018 - 7:46 am In Reply to: The Left's anti-Kavanaugh bullying tactics threaten - our Republic.

that the Democrats would be so desperate they'd invent some. They would have done that with anyone he put up – but, precisely because Kavanaugh was a milquetoasty DC Establishment type, seeing the Democrats go into full b‑‑‑‑‑‑ assault mode on him galvanized the other milquetoasty DC Establishment types. You could see the light bulbs go off in their heads: The Democrats don't hate Trump because he's Trump. They hate all Republicans and want to ruin them. Even me! And they always will.

The result is that the Kavanaugh affair has welded the Trump and NeverTrump forces (except for a few sad outliers who don't matter) into a solid force. And it's simultaneously galvanized GOP voters around the country, closing the "enthusiasm gap," as the normals become more militant. Plus, it seems that minority voters aren't as excited about empowering neurotic upper-class white feminists as you might – well, actually, I guess they're just about exactly as excited about empowering neurotic upper-class white feminists as you might expect, but it seems Dems didn't give that much thought. So Kavanaugh was, in fact, the perfect pick to trigger this reaction.

I'm reminded of the scene in Absence of Malice where Wilford Brimley asks Paul Newman, who has cleverly set a trap that the press and the rogue DOJ guy fall into, "Are you that smart?"

I mentioned this analysis to the Insta-Wife, a Trump fan who has followed him closely since the 1980s and her comment was, "Of course."

- Professor Glenn Reynolds

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