Stop theatrics and respect the process

How many of us would like to have our lives judged entirely from our teenage years?

If fleeting youthful indiscretions could not be erased by years of reasonable, mature behavior, few of us would ever have amounted to anything.

Democrat leaders in the U.S. Senate are in a panic to stop the appointment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, and in a last-ditch effort they have pinned their hope to an allegation that he behaved inappropriately with a girl when he was in high school. His accuser charges he and a friend pushed her into a bedroom at a house party when she was 15, Kavanaugh held his hand over her mouth to silence her and tried to remove her clothing. The episode ended, she said, when the other boy jumped on the two of them and they all tumbled to the floor. She said she was able to escape to a bathroom until the boys left. She contends the boys were inebriated.

Kavanaugh denies being at the party and denies ever treating anyone in that manner. His friend also denies the described scenario ever happened.

Even if the accusation against young Kavanaugh were true, it points out the very reason why we don’t appoint teenagers to the U.S. Supreme Court. Presidents historically have appointed men and women who have demonstrated over a long period of time as adults that they are learned, dedicated, passionate defenders of our Constitution and the rule of law and who have lived their private adult lives as upstanding citizens. Kavanaugh meets all of those standards.

Even without the 11th-hour allegations against Judge Kavanaugh’s character, no one would have suggested appointing him to the highest court in the land when he was a 17-year-old boy. But he should not be denied the seat to which he has been nominated after a long history of an exemplary career as an attorney, public servant, judge and as a man who has given freely of his private time as a volunteer in his community.

The Democrats are having a difficult time accepting the results of the 2016 presidential election. They know the rules of the electoral game — to the victor go the spoils. They lost the election and the right to appoint judges to the Supreme Court until such a time as they are in control of the presidency and the U.S. Senate. Their day will come again. In the meantime they should stop the theatrics and be respectful of the process.

We urge Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, to take this opportunity to show that he is at least willing to break from the grip of the Democrat leadership in the Senate and vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh.