A week ago Brett Kavanaugh said, in his off-the-rails bizarre tirade against his made-up Democratic conspiracy to deny him a Supreme Court seat, "What goes around, comes around."
Nobody really knows what this threat meant, not even Politifact.
Doesn't matter. Those of us who are opposed to Kavanaugh, which includes everyone who cares about women's rights, can appropriate those words for our own purposes.
If Kavanaugh is confirmed this weekend, as seems highly possible, we need to channel our entirely justified outrage at how the White House manipulated the FBI background check for its own political purpose into making the Republican Party pay dearly for their support of a man who almost certainly is a serial sexual abuser, and absolutely certainly is a habitual liar.
Voting for Democrats in the November midterms is Job #1. And not just those running for a federal office -- state and local races are just as important.
Here's a list of progressives running for office in the Salem area who need our support:
Marion County Commissioner #1: Shelaswau Crier
Marion County Commissioner #2: Bill Burgess
Senate District 10: Deb Patterson
Senate District 11: Peter Courtney
Senate District 13: Sarah Grider
House District 17: Renee Windsor-White
House District 18: Barry Shapiro
House District 19: Mike Ellison
House District 20: Paul Evans
House District 21: Brian Clem
House District 22: Teresa Alonso Leon
House District 23: Danny Jaffer
House District 25: Dave McCall
And naturally it is super-important to re-elect Governor Kate Brown, because while Republican Knute Buehler tries to look moderate, you can bet that if he were to beat Brown, he'd become a heck of a lot more right-wing in a heartbeat.
So yeah, as much as I dislike quoting anything Brett "I love beer!" Kavanaugh says, he's right that in politics, what goes around does come around.
Actions produce reactions.
And the despicable way Republicans have treated Christine Blasey Ford and the other women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual attacks deserves some really strong pushback. It'd be great if Democrats beat the odds and retook both the House and Senate this November.
Failing that, at least the House of Representatives.
This would give Democrats a platform to hold hearings on the farce of the FBI background check that started last Friday and ended yesterday -- without any interviews of Ford or Kavanaugh, nor of the many people eager to testify that Kavanaugh was lying about his drinking habits and partying lifestyle in high school and college.
Looking ahead to 2020, more and more I'm liking Michael Avenatti's call that serious consideration be given to expanding the Supreme Court to eleven seats should the Democrats win back the presidency and both houses of Congress.
Such would be a perfect "what goes around, comes around," given that one Supreme Court seat (now held by Gorsuch) should have been filled by President Obama, and the other Supreme Court seat (which may be held by Kavanaugh) involved a severely truncated FBI investigation into the accusations against Kavanaugh, following an election that Trump likely won only because of Russian meddling.
Of course, it isn't certain that Kavanaugh is going to be approved by the Senate. Politics always is full of surprises. The next few days may reveal that a few Senate Republicans actually are willing to do the right thing, rather than the expedient thing. We can only hope.