For those who’ve decided that Brett Kavanaugh is guilty of everything of which he’s been accused and/or that he is not legitimately a Supreme Court Justice and that the Supreme Court itself is now illegitimate, the right way to respond is by organizing and voting.
The wrong way is to use violent imagery in doing so. So, for example, “this is war” (Charles Blow in the New York Times), “fighting” (David Leonhardt in the same outlet), “assault” (Dana Milbank in the Washington Post), and “political hit” (now-Justice Kavanaugh in testimony). In contrast E. J. Dionne’s recent writings are a good model of how to express dismay without resorting to violent imagery.
There is danger in violent imagery being a standard part of political discourse. In a country of more than 300 million people there are bound to be a certain number of crazy people who will be moved to actual violence by it. It won’t take a lot of violence to set this tinderbox ablaze.
One more thought. Two wrongs still do not make a right. The notion that the Republicans are solely to blame or the Democrats are solely to blame is just partisan flummery. No one is wholly innocent. No one is wholly guilty. If you need absolutes, look somewhere other than politics.