Democrats want further delay in the Kavanaugh confirmation vote, and Friday afternoon Arizona senator Jeff Flake gave it to them. He insisted that the FBI take another week to re-open the background investigation into Brett Kavanaugh and the allegations against him. “I just wanted,” Flake explained, “to get some Democrats to agree and willing to come out and publicly say, ‘We would accept this’ and we would say that the process is fair at least, even if they’re not going to vote for it.”

Good luck. There is no chance whatsoever that this process will satisfy the Democrats, or the press, or anyone else who has already decided that Judge Kavanaugh must be destroyed. The best argument we have heard in favor of an FBI investigation is that it will help to neutralize the attacks against Kavanaugh, and thereby legitimize his lifetime tenure on the Court. But the Democrats in the Senate showed their cards long, long ago. Almost the entire caucus came out against him within hours of his nomination, and continues to oppose him now. Summing up the position neatly, Senator Chris Murphy wrote Friday that “of course there should be an FBI investigation,” before adding that “whatever they find doesn’t change the fact that Kavanaugh, especially after his performance yesterday, is the most dangerous Supreme Court pick of our lifetime.” Glad to see you’re keeping an open mind, Senator.