The 2000 election gave us winner take all. Somewhere in there it became no holds barred. Between the Bush years and the Obama years, each faction had their years of plenty and years of famine, and now it's degenerated into fuck over the other one hard as you can and fight like hell if they try to fuck over you. The hell with who's getting hurt in the meantime or the mess left thereafter, there's power to grab. As it was with McConnell and his cronies blocking Garland to yesterday. The court seats are just the latest nuggets of power, to be fought for king-of-the-hill style.
It's less villainy than it is selfish tunnel vision. The Republicans aren't chuckling evilly in some smoke-filled lounge, throwing darts at a copy of Roe v Wade and drawing blueprints for Gilead. Nor are the Democrats doing team-building exercises practicing their castration technique on bulls and brewing a fresh batch of new pronouns out of a cauldron somewhere in new Themiscrya.
It's focus on power over all. If Feinstein had brought up the first accusations back while Kavanagh was still on the short list, why, there might have been another candidate available to vet and vote on before the midterm elections, and that risks losing power. And if the Republicans allowed an investigation, they couldn't bring forth anyone else until after the midterms, which normally involve at least a nominal loss in power for the majority. Again, a loss of power that must be resisted in any way possible.
They're both playing to their bases, slamming the anger and fear buttons like 80's kids in an arcade with a Vegas bucket full of quarters, and from what I've seen (remember, radical centrist here. I can see the far left and far right wing from my house) it's working.
And that's what's fucking with me more than anything. It's working.
And if a win even existed, the victory rush is exponentially shorter than the recovery pain.
Take care of yourselves, folks. Somebody's got to.