The Battle of Brett Kavanaugh and the Joker’s Two Boats

Protesters march outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
This confirmation fight has stoked deep divisions.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE N o matter how rancorous our politics grows, we can at least be confident that ordinary Americans would not commit mass murder. Or would they? Maybe the Joker was right after all. Maybe the climax of The Dark Knight, from ten years ago, looks hopelessly naïve today. “What were you hoping to prove? That deep down, we’re all as ugly as you?” Batman asks the Joker in the final moments. “You’re alone.” I wonder if the Joker would feel so isolated today.

The Joker’s plot struck him as infallible: He’d rigged two fully loaded ferries with explosives and put onboard each boat


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