Podcast — October 1, 2018 at 7:10 am

“Unhinged and unseemly”: The sad case of Brett Kavanaugh – with special guest Ryan Goodman


Brett Kavanaugh is pissed. He’s pissed because he thought he’d be on the Supreme Court now—and to be honest, so did I—he’s pissed because accusations of sexual abuse have come back to haunt him. And most of all, he’s pissed because these accusations are being taken seriously.

But how seriously? A small group of Senators who either love attention or are just looking for an excuse to vote for Kavanaugh have gotten the White House to approve a reopening of Brett Kavanaugh’s background check.

But what the hell does that mean?

Is this a real investigation or just a sample of what will happen with the Mueller probe after Rod Rosenstein is gone and the White House is calling the shots?

And speaking of that, what’s happening with Rod Rosenstein? Is he about to fired and what will it mean if he is?

We, like you, have way more questions and opinions than we have answers. That’s why we wanted to talk to someone who actually knows something.

Ryan Goodman is a Chaired Professor at NYU Law. He was a Special Counsel at the Dept of Defense (2015-16) and a founding co-editor-in-chief of Just Security. He knows stuff. Listen.

Ryan Goodman on Twitter: @RGoodLaw

Just Security on Twitter: @Just_Security

Just Security website: JustSecurity.org

Ryan Goodman’s Testimony from the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Hearing on Election Interference can be found HERE.

Natasha Bertrand at The Atlantic: A Supreme Court Case Could Liberate Trump to Pardon His Associates

Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns at The New York Times: Kavanaugh Could Help G.O.P. in Senate Midterms. But Not in House Races.

The Good — Cracks are appearing in the Republican edifice
Melissa Nann Burke at The Detroit News: Super PAC aligned with GOP leaders axes funding for Bishop

Emily Lawler at MLive: Some Republicans uniting behind Democrat Gretchen Whitmer for governor

The Collegian‘s endorsement of Gretchen Whitmer is HERE.

Ashraf Khalil at The Washington Post: Jesuits, legal institutions back away from Kavanaugh vote

The Bad — The inhumanity of the Trump administration
Caitlin Dickerson at The New York Times: Migrant Children Moved Under Cover of Darkness to a Texas Tent City

Melissa Jeltsen at The Huffington Post: Violence Against Women Act Is About To Expire

Anna Fifeld at The Washington Post: North Korea’s prisons are as bad as Nazi camps, says judge who survived Auschwitz

LOLGOP at Eclectablog: The clearest example of how Donald Trump could inspire ‘radical evil’

The Shrugly ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ — Polls! Huh! What are the good for?
Kathleen Gray at The Detroit Free Press: Poll: Michigan backs legalizing recreational marijuana, easier voting

Real-time polling by The New York Times: Polling in Real Time: The 2018 Midterm Elections

Progressives Everywhere‘s Candidate of the Week (via @JordanZakarin): Julie Oliver, candidate for Texas 25th Congressional district.

Jordan Zakarin at Progressives Everywhere: Julie Oliver, in TX-25, is running one of the most inspiring campaigns of 2018

Support Julie Oliver at Progressive Everywhere HERE.

The show notes for Episode 15 of The GOTMFV Show are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2018/010/unhinged-and-unseemly-the-sad-case-of-brett-kavanaugh-with-special-guest-ryan-goodman.html

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Music clips
Intro and transition music: You Dress Like an Asshole by Not The 1s
Progressives Everywhere intro/outro: They’re Everywhere by Jim’s Big Ego
Flint Water Crisis Update intro: Unclaimed by Mike Wagner/Total Strangers
Outro music: Complain (from the movie Bob Roberts) by David Robbins & Tim Robbins