On the first day of Senate hearings on confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the Democrats have shown what a weak hand they hold in terms of stopping Kavanaugh’s approval. An unprecedented lack of decorum is on display by Democrat Senate Judiciary Committee members, as they have been deliberately interrupting the proceedings from the moment Senator Grassley gaveled the confirmation hearings to order.
INTERRUPTIONS SO FAR:
Blumenthal, Richard 13
Booker, Cory 10
Harris, Kamala 8
Hirono, Mazie 6
Klobuchar, Amy 3
Whitehouse, Sheldon 2
Leahy, Patrick 1
Coons, Christopher 1
There has also been no shortage of grandstanding during the hearings, most notably by Kamala Harris, 2020 Democratic Party presidential contender.
Grassley has refused to delay the proceedings for Democrats to review documents. This brazen dilatory tactic is particularly offensive for two reasons. The same Democrats who are insisting on the need to review documents are the same Senators who had previously proclaimed that they were voting no on Kavanaugh long before the first hearing today. Secondly, all the pertinent documents Democrats need to make an informed decision on Kavanaugh are part of the public record. All of Kavanaugh’s decisions from his tenure on the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air correctly observes that,
The objections of the minority might hold more consequence if the same senators hadn’t pledged to vote against the nominee even before he was appointed. All of them have gone on the record as a nay to Kavanaugh, regardless of his qualifications and temperament. All of them have had open access to twelve years of Kavanaugh’s work as an appellate jurist, which are the records most pertinent to this appointment, and Senate Democrats had covered his previous work in his 2006 confirmation hearing to the DC circuit. Complaining about the late release of barely relevant documents from an entirely different phase of Kavanaugh’s career is nothing more than a stunt.
Perhaps Grassley should end this Theater of the Absurd starring Chuck Schumer and his colleagues on the committee. The virtue of this course of action is that it would spare the country from a frivolous, bad faith and prolonged spectacle that in the end, will be all for naught.
While he is busy fomenting discord during the confirmation hearings, Chuck Schumer can thank his former Senate colleague, Harry Reid for eliminating the filibuster.
What goes around, comes around…