Marco Rubio, Rick Scott lament ‘political theater’ in Brett Kavanaugh hearings
In the Brett Kavanagh confirmation, there are no winners.


On Friday, one incumbent Republican Senator and a Governor looking to join him in D.C. defended President Donald Trump‘s Supreme Court pick and decried the ongoing process regarding his unresolved sexual assault claims.

However, their defenses of Kavanaugh read differently in light of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s decision to forestall a floor vote on the nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to allow an FBI investigation of lingering questions over sexual assault accusations from his past from Dr. Christina Blasey Ford and presumably others.

Sen. Marco Rubio said earlier Friday that he’d vote for Kavanaugh, decrying the “embarrassing” process as a “dark moment in Senate history” in an extended statement that also linked the hearings to a larger cultural unmooring.

“This entire ordeal is indicative of something that goes beyond the nomination before us. It has revealed how our culture has become increasingly sick and demented, unmoored from the values upon which this great nation was founded and which have allowed our society to flourish,” Rubio asserted.

“The virtues at the core of our Judeo-Christian heritage have become character flaws. And the character flaws the ancient prophets warned against, and Christ challenged us to overcome, have become virtues,” Rubio said, adding that the “ramifications of the rot we have witnessed will be felt far beyond the question before us now.”

Rubio went on to call the hearings a “modern political equivalent of the Roman circus – where the crowd is entertained by the spectacle of watching human beings destroy one another or get devoured by wild animals.”

“I will not vote against the nomination of someone who I am otherwise inclined to support and in the process add credence to charges which have already done permanent damage to his [Kavanaugh’s] reputation, on the basis of allegations for which there is no independent corroboration and which are at odds with everything else we have heard about his character,” Rubio said.

We await Rubio’s thoughts on the decision to delay and investigate those “allegations” from Blasey Ford and, potentially, others.

Gov. Rick Scott, running for Senate this year, agreed with Rubio’s read of the political theater, saying Kavanaugh and Ford “have been used and abused as pawns in a partisan Washington political theater, which is clearly the product of career politicians playing games at the expense of these individuals’ lives and reputations.”

The Judiciary Committee conditionally moved the nomination to the floor on Friday, with a delay agreed to for an investigation.


A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


  • Frankie M.

    September 28, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Clearly hypocrisy is alive & well(on both sides of the aisle) after Lewinskygate. What’s good for me is good for me? Rubio knows all about sick & demented people. After all his main job is to suck up to trump.

  • Pam taber

    September 28, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    Thank you for voting for Kavanaugh. Someone still believes in innocent until proven guilty in this country. I watch all day yesterday and today and heard NO evidence to support the claims.

  • Mayme W. Shatto

    September 28, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Thank you for your support of Judge Kavanaugh. I have watched the hearing process of his nomination the past two days. I believe he should be confirmed.

    As an 82 year old widow of an Air Force spouse, as well as being a retiree of the US Goverment with 31 years of service myself, I cannot believe our senior people have displayed such a disregard for conducting their jobs in a professional manner. (I could say more but will be brief.)

    I have a question regarding the FBI review. Will Issues also include any of Dr Ford’s performance? When the issue was being discussed regarding her polygraph test, I noted her whole body image changed. I would suggest this should be reviewed, perhaps by a professional in this field.

    Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you. Respectfully Submitted,

  • paul F.

    September 28, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    As a survivor of sexuale abuse I discount any of our politicians positions on the subject. Dr. Ford is to believed. She has no agenda. The accusations against a teenage boy is real.

    • Divided States Of America

      October 1, 2018 at 1:50 am

      Liberal trash have no boundries.They will destroy a man’s reputation to deny Trump any kind of victory. ,Money is a good motivator as the accuser has already made $700,000 from go fund me donations.Not to mention the book deal she will recieve.Anita Hill signed book deal for over a million after she accused Judge Thomas of sex crimes

  • Edna Hill

    September 29, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Vote yes for Kavanaugh not enough evidence.

  • Cheryl Slauenwhite

    September 30, 2018 at 11:04 am

    I thought dealing with Trump was bad enough. As a lifelong republican I can no longer stand by that party. I was going to wait until the findings of the FBI investigation. However I am so ashamed of the republican party, especially Rubio (shame on him) I’m going to switch to Democrat. Take the republican signs down in my front yard.

    • Dave

      September 30, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      Cheryl you will surely have more to be ashamed of as a democrat. The depths they are willing to go to discredit others is disgusting

    • Charlotte

      September 30, 2018 at 9:39 pm

      You’re making a big mistake! Nothing worse than a Democrat

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