Why the Highly Unusual is Not Unusual in Politics

You may hear commentators saying today that it is highly unusual for a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court to write an op-ed piece in a national newspaper like the Wall Street Journal on the eve of the vote on his nomination.

But that’s what federal judge Brett Kavanaugh did this week as he defended himself against the criticism,

And of course last week, it was highly unusual to see the hearing in the Senate as he and his accuser, Dr. Ford, both testified about some very personal things.

But then all of this shouldn’t be surprising.  Objective people will say that there have been a lot of highly unusual things that have happened since Donald Trump became president.

Those who support the President say they like the highly unusual, that’s what they wanted when they voted for him, not the usual politics they're used to.

Those who are critical of the President say they don’t like the highly unusual things they have seen.

Highly unusual doesn’t necessarily mean it is bad and highly unusual doesn’t necessarily mean it is good either.

It all depends on what you think of the usual vs what you think of the unusual.

In today’s tribal nature of politics, what you consider good, it’s okay for it be highly unusual because it’s what you want.

And when what you consider bad is something highly unusual, it’s bad because it’s something you don’t want.   Guess it’s just the way it is in today’s divisive climate.

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