Backlash Against Kavanaugh Supporters In Academe

, Malcolm A. Kline, Leave a comment

Well it didn’t take long for the purge in the academic gulag to begin. No sooner had Yale posted a university statement affirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accomplishments before Yalies rebelled.

“Yale Law School students and faculty wrote and signed an open letter to the dean Tuesday, criticizing Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court and saying that ‘people will die if he is confirmed,’” Kyle Perisic wrote in a dispatch distributed by The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The authors and signers of the letter asked Yale Law School Dean Heather K. Gerken to ‘use your authority and platform to expose the stakes of this moment and the threat that Judge Kavanaugh poses.’”

“We write today as Yale Law students, alumni, and educators ashamed of our alma mater,” the letter reads. “Within an hour of Donald Trump’s announcement that he would nominate Brett Kavanaugh, YLS ‘90, to the Supreme Court, the law school published a press release boasting of its alumnus’s accomplishment.”

“The school’s post included quotes from Yale Law School professors about Judge Kavanaugh’s intellect, influence and mentorship of their students. Yet the press release’s focus on the nominee’s professionalism, pedigree, and service to Yale Law School obscures the true stakes of his nomination and raises a disturbing question: Is there nothing more important to Yale Law School than its proximity to power and prestige?”

Somebody needs to put a question to the kinder: Is “intellect, influence and mentorship,” not to mention “professionalism, pedigree, and service” so unimportant to them?