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I was pretty much minding my own business when I came across this Facebook post from my good buddy Brent Boger. Boger is a Washougal city councilor and an attorney for the city of Vancouver. He’s a moderate Republican and I’ve grown to respect and love this guy. He even came to visit me in Florida, where I hang my hat in the winter.
Not only that, Boger has a goal of visiting every Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant in the world. That would include places like Japan, Malaysia, Colombia, Hong Kong and Indonesia. How do you not love a guy like that?
Despite my love for him, I simply don’t agree with him on some stuff. Still, I respect what he has to say. He’s a bright guy. So when I read his view on Kavanaugh, I respected it. But I couldn’t disagree more.
“Both Ford and Kavanaugh were credible. I’m sure both believed they were telling the truth. Then I go to the next step and look at corroboration. Ford has none. Kavanaugh has corroboration. Kavanaugh carried his burden,” Boger wrote.
“I believe a Supreme Court justice must be bound by the text of the Constitution and not treat it as a ‘living’ document. Kavanaugh understands that.
“He should be confirmed.”
So Boger — in my view — stumbled down the rabbit hole like so many other Kavanaugh supporters did. He looked at this as a trial. He couldn’t find any corroborating evidence (legal stuff) to support Ford’s claim, so he concluded Kavanaugh should be appointed.
I object, your honor! And here’s why: This is (dramatic pause required here) a job interview, not a criminal trial. That is critical. We’re hiring somebody for a pretty important job. There are no “beyond a reasonable doubt” rules in a job interview.
Do I have to say it again? Yes. This ain’t no legal case. This is a job interview. And there is a huge difference between hiring someone and finding someone guilty of something.
Think about that for a second.
Our legal system is rightfully set up under this premise: We would gladly let 99 guilty people go free rather than convict one innocent person. But the hiring process is pretty much the opposite. If something smells fishy in a job interview, you simply move along. There will be other good, clean candidates.
So when Boger posted his view that Kavanaugh should be confirmed, I couldn’t resist sticking my nose in.
Look, I get that to the victor goes the spoils. Trump won the election. There will be a conservative appointed to the court. But conservative judges who would be qualified to sit there are a dime a dozen. They’re everywhere.
So why take a chance on this guy?
The answer is they shouldn’t. But politicians will be politicians. And they are, indeed, prone to doing stupid stuff. I guess we’ll see you in November.