In every application process in life, and certainly employment into the federal government, there are show-stoppers that immediately call for disqualification or at least warrant putting entry processes on hold.
Any job that requires a government security clearance mandates filling out the Standard Form 86 (SF-86) and applicants are legally required to give detailed answers to questions on topics ranging from one’s legal record, employment history, school history, etc. If one admits to something that is questionable, or provides an answer that necessitates further explanation or investigation, the clearance process stops until further verification or the truth is obtained by the approving agency.
Literally millions of people in government work have undergone this clearance process, and many have had their clearances stalled until they could explain past impropriety such as driving tickets, credit card debt, or arrests. Many security clearance applicants have been blocked from relatively inconsequential government work for various misdeeds that pale in comparison to the attempted rape allegations of an increasing number of credible victims, witnesses and corroborators to Brett Kavanaugh’s bad behavior.
Remember when Jared Kushner had his security clearance approval delayed for months for not disclosing loans or contacts with foreign agents? That’s not quite as personally alarming as an alleged history of sexual abuse.
So why should someone vying to be placed upon the Supreme Court, one of the most powerful jobs in the United States Government — a lifetime appointment, no less — have the privilege of a speedy Congressional vote before credible allegations of sexual misconduct get adequately investigated?
Why should joining the Supreme Court be an easier and less rigorous investigative process than the one in which millions of relatively trivial government employees have participated?
It shouldn’t, and if the GOP ram Brett Kavanaugh through the Senate and onto the Supreme Court he will be one more historical asterisk from this morally vacant Republican government.