By Joe Harker
When Doctor Christine Blasey Ford accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, US Senators Joe Manchin and Susan Collins, Democrat and Republican respectively, described her testimony as "credible". Despite this, they both voted to approve Kavanaugh to his new position in the Supreme Court of the United States. Kavanaugh was confirmed by a 50-48 margin as protesters made their voices heard and he could sit on the SCOTUS bench as early as tomorrow.
It is seen as a major victory for the Republicans and Donald Trump in particular. Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court is for life and the BBC reports that he will help "strengthen conservative control" of the highest court in the US.
Before making their decision Senators were able to read a late FBI report on the allegations against Kavanaugh, which he denies. The findings are not available to the public but Senator Dianne Feinstein called it "the product of an incomplete investigation". As part of their investigation the FBI interviewed a number of people but reportedly did not look at the claims made by Julie Swetnick, the third woman to accuse Kavanaugh.
The repercussions of appointing Kavanaugh may be felt throughout the US for years. Appointing a man accused of sexual assault by multiple women will harm the legitimacy of the Supreme Court. Then again, the current president is facing even more accusations of that nature. If the American public loses faith in the Supreme Court, one of the key institutions in the country, then it will have a profound effect on the nation.
Bloomberg argues that Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court makes it "blatantly partisan" and unfit for purpose. It is supposed to be an impartial institution, though governments tend to nominate people who would agree with them.
Attempts to redress the balance with counter appointments by the Democrats if and when they return to power will not remove the partisan poisoning of the Supreme Court. It will instead become a tug of war between them and the Republicans over who can gain a majority and stack the deck with their own people.
Kavanaugh has launched a number of partisan attacks on his political enemies and many millions of people in the US believe Dr Ford. To those people the Supreme Court has now been corrupted by his appointment. If they cannot trust the highest legal authority in their country then who can they believe?
There are also the accusations that Kavanaugh lied and committed perjury when responding to Dr Ford. If he has then he is surely utterly unfit to hold a position on the Supreme Court.
John Paul Stevens, a retired Supreme Court justice, said Kavanaugh was not suitable to sit on the Supreme Court. He said that Kavanaugh "would not be able to perform his full responsibilities" due to the political demonstrated.
For many people in the US their only hope is that the Democrats can use the swell of anger among millions of Americans to thrash the Republicans in the midterms.