When used as an adjective, the word ‘naught’ has these meanings …
- lost; ruined.
- Archaic. worthless; useless.
- Obsolete. morally bad; wicked.
I played a little fast and loose with Brett Kavanaugh’s name for the title of this blog post because he personifies that word’s definition now. His Supreme Court nomination appears to be lost and ruined. He will soon be viewed as worthless and useless to the conservative Republican’s cause. And if the accusations are true, he is morally bad and wicked, or at least was at one time. But that is not the problem I have with the Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS nomination.
The problem I have is not that he did some awful things when he was younger. We have all done awful things. Here’s the difference. We can admit doing awful things. We can be justifiably ashamed for doing awful things. We can apologize for doing them and show remorse. We can ask forgiveness for doing those awful things. Brett Kavanaugh refuses to do any of that, despite the growing evidence and witnesses that say he did some pretty awful things. In fact, he does just the opposite. He revels in those awful things. He has regaled the Yale Law School Federalist Society with his drinking stories in 2014. And there’s always this gem from his 2015 speech at the Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.
Brett Kavanaugh said, “What happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep. That’s been a good thing for all of us, I think.”
Until now. The time is here to come clean, admit guilt, show remorse, ask for forgiveness, and hope he can keep his position as a federal judge. As his daughters grow up, he may also want to devote some time and effort to keep them away from Georgetown Prep boys. I am sure he wouldn’t want them to become part of a Georgetown Prep boy’s drinking story some day.