Everyone in the country is more into the sports of politics than the welfare of the nation. When someone suggests lowering the standards for Judicial nomination, the response is not, “That would be horrible, and harmful for the longterm health and sanity of the country!” Instead, the response is, invariably, the other side did X before so now that’s just how the game is played. No one is calling for their side to restore the standards of sanity, when they come into power, it’s all just a merry race to the bottom.
The voters aren’t going to demand it and the politicians go with the tide of the masses. If taxes / health care / immigration / etc. are things that people are talking about and supermajority Senate advice and consent are not, then supermajority Senate consents won’t ever come back into being.
But all it would take is for one man, willing to stand above partisan politics and defend the health of the country, to restore at least one tiny bit of sanity to our government.
Kavanaugh, and anyone else appointed, should decline the nomination unless 60 senators approve.
A justice who does not do so, while not in conflict of the Constitution nor laws in any way, is regardless doing a grave disservice to the country.
Obviously, this is simply wishful thinking on my part, in the hope and wish for decency and wisdom among mankind, but it remains true that this is what should happen.