American politics goes off the rails
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
Forget your personal political views for one minute. It’s hard to argue politics — White House politics, congressional politics, now Supreme Court politics — hasn't gone full crazy.
Be smart: Democracy isn't just messy — it’s dirty. And getting dirtier.
- You have virtually the entire Democratic Party believing the Republican nominee for the Supreme Court was a predator.
- You have virtually the entire Republican Party believing two women are making up that they were victims of attempted rape or sexual humiliation — or confused about who actually did it.
- You have the White House putting Brett Kavanaugh on Fox News to proclaim his innocence, in what's apparently the first TV interview of a Supreme Court nominee.
- You have him needlessly explaining in that interview that he was a virgin in high school, and for "many years thereafter," when none of the allegations involve intercourse.
- You have the same lawyer, Michael Avenatti, running for president against Trump, who survived the public airing of a tape in which he talked about grabbing women’s privates and then survived a wave of allegations by other women.
What's next: A public hearing to air all of this, for a panel of partisans on Thursday.