Kavanaugh's tribalist defenders

The conservative defense of Kavanaugh is right-wing tribalism, pure and simple

Lindsey Graham and Orrin Hatch.
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It's taken more than three years, but the members of the conservative movement who stood most strongly against President Trump's hostile takeover of the Republican Party have finally, at long last, come around. It only took a Supreme Court fight and the prospect that the nomination of one of their own to a lifetime appointment would go down in flames.

This reunification of the right over Brett Kavanaugh is tribalism, pure and simple. But of course, since we're talking about anti-Trump Republican holdouts, they're portraying their decision as some great and noble cause, a brave stand on behalf of "every American who has found himself falsely accused, or railroaded by malicious hearsay, or facing an unfeeling bureaucracy that treats juvenile missteps as unforgivable sins."

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