Justice has long been personified as wearing a blindfold, symbolizing that we are all equal before the law. Rich or poor, liberal or conservative, we are all entitled to impartial justice.
But that was so pre-Kavanaugh.
It is clear that in view of Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, emerging as a key spokesperson for the Democrats in the fight to sink Judge Brett Kavanaugh, that Lady Justice should rip off her blindfold and judge some people differently from others. Justice should no longer be impartial.
Abigail Shrier, a Los Angeles writer, sums this up in the Wall Street Journal:
Pity Lady Justice; she’s had a rough couple of weeks. On “State of the Union” Sunday, CNN’s Jake Tapper tossed Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii what should have been a grapefruit: “Doesn’t Kavanaugh have the same presumption of innocence as anyone else in America?”
Ms. Hirono responded: “I put his denial in the context of everything that I know about him in terms of how he approaches cases.” Conservative jurists in America have been put on notice: They are to forfeit their most basic rights as punishment for their judicial philosophy.
If Kavanaugh were a liberal, Ms. Shrier points out, Senator Hirono would give him the benefit of the doubt.
I mentioned yesterday that the Democrats took the first step towards the elimination of the filibuster in judicial appointments and lived to regret it.
The concept of impartial justice is far more important to individual safety and liberty than the filibuster.
And the concept of impartial justice is on trial tomorrow before the Senate Judiciary Committee.