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Law & the Courts

The Temperament Canard

On Twitter, a million critics of Kavanaugh are blasting him for the anger he’s showing at the charges. It shows he lacks a judicial temperament, they say. It shows he flies off the handle. It shows he’s guilty.

How do these people expect him to be reacting if he is innocent, or even sincerely believes he is? What would they be saying if he weren’t showing emotion? What would they do if they were falsely accused of vile crimes before the entire nation? The standard for judicial qualification, and innocence, that these people are defending can’t withstand a moment’s thought.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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