The battle over U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gives us a snapshot of the political left's rage and the energy they'll take into the November election. They're on the outside of Washington's political power and they're doing all they can to claw their way back into it.
Ironically, protestors who identified as Democrats abused and disrupted the democratic process by drowning out the voices of other participants. Sen. Cornyn called it "mob rule" as 70 protesters were arrested the first day for disorderly conduct.
The left is pulling out all the stops to derail Kavanaugh because so many of their political gains have come through the courts. Conservatives on the other hand believe political change needs to come through the democratic process via our duly elected officials, not unelected judges.
If Democrats win the U.S. Senate, it will be difficult for Pres. Trump to move conservatives into federal judgeships, which have been filled at a record pace with the help of Kentucky's senior Senator Mitch McConnell.
The battle isn't just over federal judges. There's an internal struggle inside the Democratic party between Bernie Sanders socialists and Hillary Clinton mainliners. Regardless of which faction wins, if the left wins in November, agenda items will include raising taxes, limiting Second Amendment rights, abolishing ICE, maintaining abortion on demand, and restoring the regulatory state. In essence, the fight is between centralized socialist government and limited government that protects individual rights.
The political left is just as fired up in Kentucky with the Kentucky Education Association and state workers incensed at Republican attempts to make structural changes to the state pensions. Republicans have passed numerous pro-life, pro-religious freedom and pro-economic development laws.
The stakes are high this November but it remains to be seen if Kentucky will continue to move in a conservative direction. The answer lies in which side can turn out a majority to vote in their favor on November 6.