Witness the rather amazing report from Politico, published Tuesday, which details a call to Sen. Bob Corker “from a prominent politician” who allegedly offered this doozy of a request: Would Corker, who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, halt the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court “as payback for Trump’s refusal on Monday to acknowledge Russia’s election meddling” in America? In colloquial terms, this would be the equivalent of dousing your own birthday cake with gasoline and 100 candles because you’re mad you weren’t thrown a surprise party. In even more colloquial terms, it might be the equivalent of a rip-roaringly drunk person halfheartedly yelling at a wall.
In the end, Corker put it best: “Why would I cut off my nose to spite my face? I like the Supreme Court nominee. So what the heck?” What the heck indeed! Unfortunately, with today’s fascinating brand of politics —fascinating in that it sometimes inspires a mute sense of mortified awe — questionable proposals like this often abound.
Most average Americans — and by “average,” I mean people who have a job that doesn’t involve regularly whipping themselves and others into a frenzy on Twitter 24 hours a day — recognize that we’re in weird political territory. But most Americans also likely know that the weird can be strong on both sides of the political aisle.