Cured from being the establishment, that is.
People used to say that a conservative was a liberal who’d been mugged. If that’s the case, I wonder what happens to a member of the establishment who’s been ripped to shreds and publicly humiliated by the establishment.
When Kavanaugh was first tapped for the Supreme Court, a lot of conservatives weren’t super excited about it. He was considered kind of a squish on some pet conservative legal issues; maybe a go-along-to-get-along justice like Roberts, rather than a bulldog originalist like Scalia or Thomas.
He was considered the safe pick for Trump. Ivy Leaguer, government lifer. Somebody the Washington establishment could see as one of them.
Well, we all know how that turned out. So, after being treated by the Senate the way a terrorist informant is treated by Jack Bauer, I wonder is he still is one of them. Or has the squish been beaten out of him? If anyone has seen it demonstrated that the maniacs who run Washington should not be given on scintilla more power than is absolutely necessary, it’s Brett Kavanaugh.
So will he be all-in for constitutional limits on government? Time will tell. But his tenure as justice will be an interesting case study on what happens when a moderate jurist gets mugged.