Keith Ellison may have been physically and verbally abusive toward his former girlfriend. But at least he never threw ice at her, as Brett Kavanaugh is accused of doing to a man in a bar decades ago.

Whew! Thank goodness. By Democrat standards – in which Democrats are forgiven for having actually done things that Republicans are only vaguely accused of – Ellison is still qualified to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court someday.

Thus far, Democrats think he’s still qualified to leave his congressional seat to be Minnesota’s next attorney general – and a Democrat “investigation” of him concluded he’s fine because the allegations against him couldn’t be substantiated.

No double standard here.

No, not at all.

Except that Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, a presidential hopeful in 2020, suggested last week that the Senate should “move on” to another Supreme Court nominee whether Kavanaugh is innocent or not.

“Ultimately, not whether he’s innocent or guilty – this is not a trial – but ultimately, have enough questions been raised that we should not move on to another candidate?” he said.

Really? This is the standard now – at least for conservatives and Republicans? Just whether enough questions have been raised about you? No matter the legitimacy of the questions or the answers to them?

Imagine if that standard were applied to Democrats.

Bill Clinton never would’ve been elected, and surely would’ve been removed from office. Hillary Clinton, facing nagging questions over her email scandal, Benghazi and more, could not possibly have survived as her party’s presidential nominee in 2016. And how could Ellison have a shot at becoming Minnesota’s top law enforcement official?

What about New York Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel, who was found guilty on 11 ethics charges and censured by the House in 2010, yet was allowed to stay on until his retirement in 2017?

Weren’t enough questions raised about all of them to summarily throw them overboard?

Of course not. They were Democrats!

What happens if questions are ever raised about Booker?

Oh wait, they have been. By himself. He admitted in a 1992 college student newspaper article that he’d been guilty of unwanted groping of a woman. Oops. Well, thank goodness he’s not a conservative.

But why did we just give the FBI another week to look into Kavanaugh’s past if he’s already unfit, whether innocent or guilty, merely because questions have been raised? And what kind of society will we live in if such a totalitarian standard is applied to us all – even Democrats?

This is not an endorsement or exoneration of Brett Kavanaugh. It’s a reaffirmation of the vital principles of fairness and being innocent until proven guilty.

Once we lose those basic human rights, and anyone can be destroyed by enough unsubstantiated “questions” about you, there will be no going back.

Although we suspect even people like Cory Booker may wish to.

 

A version of this editorial originally appeared in the Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle.