Associate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had his first day on the Court yesterday, hearing oral arguments on two cases involving federal sentencing guidelines for gun crimes.
Kavanaugh reportedly peppered the lawyers for both sides with questions, but leftists, who just last week questioned Kavanaugh's "fitness" to serve on the highest court in the land because of his lack of "temperament," were simply amazed to discover that the longtime federal judge was cool, calm, and collected on the bench — nothing like he was as he defended himself from multiple sexual assault allegations in a hearing weeks ago.
Leftist publication, Mother Jones, led the charge, describing how a "very different" Brett Kavanaugh "survived" his first day on the Supreme Court, as if Kavanaugh had never, in his decades-long career on the federal bench, presided over a single case before.
"Kavanaugh seemed to have spent the long days awaiting his delayed Senate confirmation vote boning up on the cases on the docket. He was prepared with questions and engaged with the minutiae of the obscure criminal cases the court heard on Tuesday," Mother Jones writer Stephanie Mencimer wondered, clearly in awe of Kavanaugh's ability to catch up to his job.
"It wasn’t a standout performance," Mencimer declared, "[b]ut it wasn’t the sobbing, raging Kavanaugh last seen in public defending himself in the Senate from allegations of sexual assault, either."
That last part is key, of course. The last time Kavanaugh appeared in public, he was stridently defending himself against not just allegations that he'd sexually assaulted a classmate some 36 years prior, but that he exposed himself to a Yale friend during his college years, and that, as a 15-year-old high school student, administered and presided over a series of "gang rape" parties, where he drugged and had group sex with multiple underage women.
That's enough to make anyone cry (though Kavanaugh never really sobbed, either).
Even stranger, Mother Jones seemed startled that Kavanaugh formed an immediate rapport with his next-door neighbor on the bench, left-leaning Justice Elena Kagan.
"Kagan seemed to be trying to uphold that image of a neutral, collegial body on Tuesday. She leaned over several times to chat and laugh with Kavanaugh before oral arguments kicked off. After they were over, she shook his hand," Mencimer added at the end of her essay.
This could be because Kagan isn't likely to engage in the leftist antics of the weekend — a strategy progressive protesters apparently stole from uncaged zoo animals — or because the pair have served together before and have a longstanding, collegial relationship that Mother Jones simply can't understand.