Last weekend, Saturday Night Live had another one of its “moments.” Its cold open, featuring Matt Damon as a furious Brett Kavanaugh, went viral. As of this afternoon, the sketch has 18 million views on YouTube. Make no mistake, it’s lacerating, mocking, and dismissive. Damon portrays Kavanaugh as unhinged and completely out of control. How could anyone be so angry?
Well, Matt Damon, meet . . . Matt Damon.
Let’s time-travel back to December, 2017, and recall Damon’s extended remarks about the #MeToo movement and the threat of false claims. He first said that “ten years ago” he’d quietly settle a false claim. It wouldn’t be worth the time or money to fight it out. But now?
“Now… with social media, these stories get — it’s like they get gasoline poured on them. So the moment a claim is made, if you make that same claim today to me, I would be scorched earth. I’d go, ‘I don’t care if it costs $10 million to fight this in court with you for 10 years, you are not taking my name from me. You are not taking my name and my reputation from me. I’ve worked too hard for it. And I earned it. You can’t just blow me up like that.’ [Emphasis added.]
Brett Kavanaugh’s name is every bit as valuable as Damon’s. And to those who call the hearing a mere “job interview,” you know very well it was much more than that. It was Kavanaugh’s single-best opportunity to preserve his name — for history, for his wife, and for his children. There was far more than a Supreme Court seat at stake.
Here’s the bottom line: If you want to understand Kavanaugh’s judicial temperament, refer to his hundreds of cases in a dozen years on the federal bench. If you want to understand his temperament as a husband and father falsely accused of gang rape, watch last Thursday’s hearing. And if you read Damon’s words, it seems clear that he understands the passion of the man he mocked.