Why I Haven't Gone Back to SCOTUS Since Kavanaugh
October 30, 2019 4:30 PM Subscribe
Lawyer and journalist Dahlia Lithwick, who writes about the courts, the Supreme Court, and the rule of law at Slate (and hosts the Amicus podcast), wrestles with the fallout from the Kavanaugh hearings and how she thinks about the Supreme Court now, a year later. Why I Haven't Gone Back to SCOTUS Since Kavanaugh.
The enduring memory, a year later, is that my 15-year-old son texted—he was watching it in school—to ask if I was “perfectly safe” in the Senate chamber. He was afraid for the judge’s mental health and my physical health. I had to patiently explain that I was in no physical danger of any kind, that there were dozens of people in the room, and that I was at the very back, with the phalanx of reporters. My son’s visceral fears don’t really matter in one sense, beyond the fact that I was forced to explain to him that the man shouting about conspiracies and pledging revenge on his detractors would sit on the court for many decades; and in that one sense, none of us, as women, was ever going to be perfectly safe again.