The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have been animated, to put it mildly. The circus-like atmosphere isn’t just a symptom of politics-as-usual. It’s an indicator that the American body politic has experienced some major shifts in how we perceive the role of our national government. What do these antics portend for the constitutional republic that our founders created? Is the Supreme Court supposed to be the linchpin on which our nation’s fate hangs?