Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va on Friday said they intend to vote in favor of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation -- two crucial votes that appear to secure Kavanaugh's confirmation to the nation's highest court.
Senior Editor at National Review Jonah Goldberg joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to give his take on the Kavanaugh confirmation process.
On how people can improve the divide: I'm quite pleased that it appears that the Democrats lost. I am not all that jubilant that the Republicans won. I think where we were was in a situation where there really were no good options. I think a lot of Kavanaugh's critics exaggerate the extent to which Kavanaugh would taint the court by being on there by being seen as too partisan, but they still have a point. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If everyone who says that and the voters who support the people who say that believe that then it essentially becomes true, regardless of what he does. I don't think it's good for the country. I don't think it's good for the court. (1:13)
On how this affects the midterms: I think one of the moments that put the confirmation most in peril was Donald Trump trying to turn it into a Trump issue and doing the Mississippi thing. If he going forward could somehow instead of be a sore winner about it actually try to keep the unity that is on the right going a little bit it might help a lot, but I suspect that's not in his nature. I do think that all the cliches, but three days is a lifetime in politics. There will a dozen other hot news that will consume cable television and all of the rest between now and the election. I don't think the intensity that Republicans have right now about the Kavanaugh thing will be as sustainable as it would be if Kavanaugh has been rejected. (6:15)
On how his new book relates now: Part of the problem is because of the breakdown of family and other institutions across a wide spectrum people are reverting to their natures and one of the things that they're doing in this sort of quest for belonging and tribalism is they are using politics as a substitute for religion. You find it on the left and on the right. There's an incredible amount of depressing social science about this. People basically invest in their partisan affiliation. They define themselves by their partisan affiliation and part of the problem is you hate the other tribe. (1:00)
On media bias: One of the reasons why it's such a Wild West atmosphere on the left and the right is historically there used to be these major institutions that served as gatekeepers and filters. One of the great ironies of the moment we're in is that even though this is one of the most partisan moments in American history the parties themselves have never been weaker. They cannot police their own. (9:56)