Brett Kavanaugh

Kavanaugh Hearings Open With Screaming Protesters and Grandstanding Senators

This week's SCOTUS confirmation hearings are going to be a brawl.

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has yet to be asked a single question by the Senate Judiciary Committee and already his confirmation hearings have taken on the characteristics of a brawl.

The opening gavel had barely struck this morning before Judiciary Committee Democrats launched an apparently coordinated effort to derail the proceedings, repeatedly interrupting the opening remarks of Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) with motions to adjourn until tens of thousands of documents from Kavanaugh's years working in the George W. Bush administration are released. One after another, the Democrats asked the same question to both Grassley and the nominee: "What are you trying to hide?" A visibly irritated Grassley made it clear that he was going to proceed whether they liked it nor not.

At the same time, Capitol police were busily ejecting a series of screaming protesters, roughly two dozen in total. The screamers were somewhat less coordinated in their efforts, as they kept interrupting the Democrats and thereby succeeded in drowning out parts of the anti-Kavanaugh message.

Today's portion of the confirmation hearings is largely devoted to opening statements, meaning that the senators mostly take turns prattling on and on for the cameras. Perhaps the only real value in these tedious and grandstanding displays is that they reveal the basic partisan battle lines for the coming days.

For the Democrats, the overall approach appears to be combining procedural objections to the hearing itself with strong denunciations of Kavanaugh as a right-wing judicial extremist. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) offered a taste of this in her opening statement, which described Kavanaugh's "pro-gun" stance as "far outside the mainstream of legal thought." She also questioned whether he would be a threat to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that recognized the constitutionality of abortion rights. Expect to hear lots more about guns and abortion as the hearings get going.

For their part, the Republicans will apparently counter the procedural objections with references to past Democratic "borkings" of various GOP judicial nominees. In other words: It's payback time. As for Kavanaugh, the Republicans will stress his qualifications, his professed constitutionalism, and the wide respect he enjoys in the broader legal community. "If we could just get politics out of this," said Sen. Orin Hatch (R-Utah).

Of course, getting politics out of a modern SCOTUS confirmation fight is a harder ask than Hatch might care to admit. As both sides of the aisle clearly recognize, Kavanaugh, if confirmed, has the potential to cast deciding votes on a number of crucial legal issues that are likely to come before the Supreme Court. The screaming is far from over.

Related: 5 Questions for SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

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116 responses to “Kavanaugh Hearings Open With Screaming Protesters and Grandstanding Senators

  1. Clearly, these proceedings cannot continue, as this presidency should be annulled, due to its unconstitutionality. How can we accept a unconstitutional nominee? Obviously, we can’t.

    1. Obama isn’t a natural born Citizen but everyone was fine with him.

    2. much funnier sentence-rant w/no commas.

  2. Wouldn’t any nominee have the potential to cast deciding votes on a number of crucial legal issues that are likely to come before the Supreme Court?

    1. True, but only KKKavanaugh has vowed to abolish the female sex and imprison anyone with a XX chromosome.

      1. Don’t forget the putting black people back in chains. It’s a good thing Joe Biden warned us about his good friend John McCain’s plans to re-introduce slavery or else that evil racist Nazi bastard might have gotten elected to the Presidency back in 2008.

      2. You forgot to mention wymyn with penises. He wants to abolish and imprison them, too.

        Your white cis-male trans-phobia will not be tolerated here!

  3. That’s right you babies… cry and throw tantrums at a fairly middle of the road option and see where that gets you. We’ll keep playing this game over and over again until we reach civil war or some giant tragedy jolts these idiots back into reality.

    1. I vote for civil war. Does anyone here honestly believe that the millions of progtarded nutcases out there can be kept under control anymore? Might as well get it over with. I’m tired of their shit

      1. Some people need the bottom to fall out before they will defend themselves.

    2. These are the same people who were sweating to the oldies with Richard Simmons. Now that he died of AIDS, they throw daily temper tantrums for exercise. It will pass.

      1. Richard Simmons is still alive.

        1. Without his little shorts and middle-age matron backup dancers, can you really call that living?

  4. So much tasty, tasty fundraising will be done off of this.

    1. This. The sole purpose of pretty much everything done by every critter.

      Funnier thing is. None of it matters either since we will re-elect them pretty much for life.

  5. “The screamers… kept interrupting the Democrats and thereby drowned out parts of the anti-Kavanaugh message”

    When you’re so woke you don’t know the difference between Republicans and Democrats.

    1. If those protester assholes were actually capable of taking over, the democrats in charge would find themselves on the business end of the noose just like the republican congress members.

      1. Then the protester assholes would later be treated to the same punishment.

        1. True. It’ll be a race to the bottom to see which of the most ruthless sociopaths take over. The killingest killer and his cronies gets to rule.

      2. “And the meant who spurred us on,
        Sit in judgement of our wrongs.
        they decide and the shotgun sings the song….”

    2. Everyone to the right of Pol Pot is a fascist these days.

  6. It just sickens me about how Judge Kavanaugh’s record has been distorted by liberals as a corporatist and statist hack. When in reality he is the finest libertarian nominee to the SCOTUS in US history. I mean, some may quibble that he’s actually terrible on nanny-State prying, police powers, abortion, death penalty and others, but this is because liberals have been listening to emotion-based opinions from fake news outlets like the NYTimes and CNN, which we all know are biased and fake.

    1. You’re not very good at this, are you?

      1. He’s really is awful.

      2. The sequel is rarely as good as the original.

      3. Good at what?

        1. Life in general.

    2. Give Gerrick Marland his seat!

  7. Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) offered a taste of this in her opening statement, which described Kavanaugh’s “pro-gun” stance as “far outside the mainstream of legal thought.” She also questioned whether he would be a threat to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that recognized the constitutionality of abortion rights. Expect to hear lots more about guns and abortion as the hearings get going.

    Example #389,214 why I voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Besides not being an asset of a hostile foreign power, her Supreme Court picks would certainly be better than Orange Hitler’s. As a left-libertarian, I know that the right to access abortion care is clearly granted by the Constitution, while “gun rights” are an invention of highly ideological judicial activists. Clinton’s reality-based SC nominees would understand this simple truth of Constitutional law.

    I urge my fellow libertarians to use all legal, non-violent means necessary to oppose the right-wing takeover of our nation’s highest court. Call your Senators and tell them to #StopKavanaugh. Tell your friends to do the same. And if you live near DC, consider attending a protest, preferably in full Handmaid’s Tale wardrobe.

    #Resist
    #CancelKavanaugh
    #StillWithHer

    1. Just keep at it, lib. If people like you get your way with all your fascist picketing of fascists it’s going to drive real Americans like me to the fringes, where we’ll start a civil war and blow up a federal building. Just keep doing what you’re doing, peaceful protester.

      1. Is it still parody when a parody slams a parody?

        Paging Andy Warhol….

        1. It seems like this should be the natural order of things.

          1. There is now a third Obl sock in the kavanaugh threads. PoorSocialistLoser or something.

      2. Jealousy is such an ugly emotion.

    2. #ResistTheClimateChangeDeniers

      #ResistTheGunNuts

      Who will control the climate if not government with the Global Thermostat in the White House set to the required UN approved temperature consensus?

      Who will control the guns if not government so when Trump the fascist imposes martial law he won’t have guns to attack the peoples?

    3. #StillWithHim
      #InternsToo
      $ChildrenToo

      1. #StiilwithHWsilverware
        #Stillwhitcigars

  8. Grassley should cancel the hearings and go to a floor vote instantly.

    Democrats already saying they would vote no have kind of shot themselves in the foot.

    1. Not a bad idea. Be interesting to see what senators like Heitkamp and Tester vote. According to Rosendale (Tester’s opponent) his inside polling has him up two points on Tester and growing. He is already bashing Tester for not keeping his promise to meet with Kavanaugh. He (Tester) first tried blaming the White House, stating that they cancelled the meeting. But when Montana journalist investigated there was no meeting scheduled, so now he is claiming he misspoke. He is also claiming the white House is at fault because they kept pushing off the meeting.

    2. Not a bad idea. Be interesting to see what senators like Heitkamp and Tester vote. According to Rosendale (Tester’s opponent) his inside polling has him up two points on Tester and growing. He is already bashing Tester for not keeping his promise to meet with Kavanaugh. He (Tester) first tried blaming the White House, stating that they cancelled the meeting. But when Montana journalist investigated there was no meeting scheduled, so now he is claiming he misspoke. He is also claiming the white House is at fault because they kept pushing off the meeting.

    3. From a political standpoint, it’s probably better for the Republicans to let the Democrats and their useless idiot protester buddies caterwaul for a while. It’s a turn-off to all voters outside their leftist base.

  9. The Republicans should respond by sending the Kavanaugh nomination for a full floor vote without a committee hearing.

    The Judiciary committee didn’t start holding public confirmation hearings until 1916 and didn’t routinely hold such hearings for every nomination until 1946, and it was even more recent that questions about political and/or judicial ideology/philosophy were added to the mix.. Prior to 1916, the committee didn’t generally interview the nominee at all. The hearings are NOT a constitutional requirement.

    The public confirmation hearings are nothing more than an opportunity/platform for those opposed to the nominee to smear/slander the nominee with impunity, and that’s all they ever have been.

    1. I think public forums are important, especially with C-SPAN and the like for everyone to see what government is up to.

      As you say though, its being used a smear forum where the nominee has to sit there and take it without an opportunity to respond thoroughly.

      The media has not presented anything that disqualifies Kavanaugh.

    2. great point Matthew and if one side is clearly out to not allow meaning full hearings to continue with road blocking bluster then the hearings should be cancelled and sent to the full floor vote on that basis alone

      1. Republicans have the power and should use it as they perceive to be best, including with respect to procedure.

        Democrats should observe this episode carefully and treat Republicans identically when the debate involves enlarging the Supreme Court.

        1. I suppose then Republicans should observe this episode carefully and treat Democrats identically in the future.

          1. He’s pissy because they have.

            Republicans didn’t kill the filibuster…

          2. Clearly the Left has fever dreams of enlarging the SCOTUS because RBG, Breyer, and Thomas will be replaced by Trump nominees.

            The upcoming Arrticle V constitutional comvention should include setting the number of SCOTUS justices. Not that Democrats will ever have real power ever again.

      2. “and if one side is clearly out to not allow meaning full hearings”

        You missed the point. Neither side has ever actually supported meaningfully confirmation hearings. They aren’t needed, so they should just be ended.

  10. It was hilarious that old Feinstein looked visibly startled by the hecklers. Her side never does that to her at events.

    Grassey is just out of his league. He let Kamala Harris speak out of order.

    These old politicians need to retire and let young Republicans and Libertarians take over because this kind of disrespect of rule of order will just get worse. The old people cannot handle it.

  11. Every hearing starts with grandstanding senators. It’s the intentionally disruptive audience that’s new. Close the hearings to the public and televise them instead.

    1. Kavanaugh knows exactly what he is getting into and THAT should scare Lefties. Kavanaugh wont let Lefties bully him into bending to their will.

      1. It seems that they frequently try to get justices to join the Left over time.

        But, if it were me, this type of bullshit would harden me like a mofo. “Evolve my stances? After what you fuckers did to me?”

  12. This is gonna be a lovely spectacle for the voters right before the midterms.

    1. Well, they have flipped something like 43 local and state seats from R to D since Trump took office, so the spectacles seem to be working for now.

      1. As far as state seats go, not much has changed with Republican control of state Legislatures from 2017 to 2018.
        National Conference of State Legislatures

      2. I’mnot impressed. As bad as the de ocrats are, it’s not like republicans were just going to win every single seat at every level of government 100% of the time. That’s impossible.

        1. Democrats know better than anyone how many American blue collar workers have left their ranks since Jan 2017.

          The Democratic Party sealed their own fate by pushing these voters away.

          Voters just are not fleeing the GOP. Voters are fleeing the Democratic Party.

          This is the reality.

          1. Only a third of Trump’s voters were below the national median income. It’s simply a myth that he was the candidate for the working man. But, then, you have to include brown people in these analyses. And since they’re people who get to vote too, why not?

            1. “Only a third of Trump’s voters were below the national median income. It’s simply a myth that he was the candidate for the working man.”

              Excuse me, but I think you meant that Trump voters are poor uneducated rednecks who can’t vote in their own self-interest.

              Certainly not above average income successful people. That’s ridiculous.

              1. Excuse me, but I think you meant that Trump voters are poor uneducated rednecks who can’t vote in their own self-interest.

                The narrative changes depending on which audience the shitlib is preaching to.

                1. I could swear yesterday Tony was saying how Trump supporters are poor white racist trash.

                  Now they’re rich white racist trash. Go figure.

                  Must be the immigration restrictions and tax cuts making them rich now.

                  MAGA!

                  1. There’s the average Trump voter, who is wealthier than the average Clinton voter. Then there are individual Trump voters who show up to MAGA all over everyone’s faces who are white trash rednecks.

                    1. “There’s the average Trump voter, who is wealthier than the average Clinton voter.”

                      Smarter, too. You left that out.

          2. Voters are leaving both parties, thankfully.

            1. And going…nowhere. Except not voting anymore. Leaving only both parties of ever ‘purer’ distillation remaining to fuck over the rest of the dissatisfied people just trying to live their lives.

              Ah, the tyranny of apathy.

      3. Nevada seems to be the only major GOP-Democrat flip from 2015 to 2018.

        Republicans have gained Rust Belt states, while keeping the South and Central (except for Illinois of course) USA.

        1. In Virginia, the Dems now hold all statewide offices (both senate seats, governor, Lt gov, AG), and are poised to take control of the state legislature, which is now perfectly split, and probably senate next year. They will probably flip at least two congressional districts in the midterms.

          So far, the dems here haven’t gone full progtard, but if they have total control of the state government, it will probably look a lot more like Cali, NY, or Mass. pretty soon. This is mostly because of suburban NoVa, which used to be more reddish-purple.

          1. In Virginia, the Dems now hold all statewide offices (both senate seats, governor, Lt gov, AG), and are poised to take control of the state legislature, which is now perfectly split, and probably senate next year.

            Was that really due to Trump, though? Virginia has been trending Dem for a while thanks to the massive influx of government workers in NoVa during the Obama administration, and a lot of the ones who retired are now filtering through the rest of the state like a plague to set up their little post-retirement restaurants and boutiques.

            1. Actually, it started to go blue around 2006 or so, when W was president, and we all know that he was not a friend of limited government. Trump certainly has accelerated it though. I think too that housing got to be too expensive for all the progtards to stay in the Maryland suburbs, and they didn’t want to send their kids to the crappy DC public schools (or were afraid of Black people), so they ended up in Virginia.

          2. On the bright side, all the bureaucrats being fired or quitting because of Trump might leave Virginia and keep that state from fully turning blue.

            1. If he is re-elected, we might start to see this, but it hasn’t happened yet.

  13. So…Kavanaugh will be confirmed and the progtards are throwing a public hissy fit, as they do best. Maybe Kavanaugh should withdraw and Trump can replace him with Milo Yiannopoulos.

    1. ‘Justice Ann Coulter’

      That has a nice ring to it.

      1. No way. Her eyelashes would destroy a nation.

      2. The jokes on you, horses can’t be Supreme Court justices. Yet.

        1. I believe the historical precedent is for the Senate, not the Supreme Court.

          1. Wasn’t President Caligula impeached after that stunt?

  14. Diane is cute when belligerent.

  15. I’ll take grandstanding over praising him for being a fucking coach. I heard his kids call him “coach.” Those kids are going to go goth any day now.

    1. While I appreciate your ideology, let’s try to keep the children out of this.

      1. Tell it to Republicans who think reproducing and taking part in your offsprings’ life is a qualification for the Supreme Court.

        1. Fucking breeders.

        2. Don’t you have more pedophiles like the pope and Hollywood to support Tony?

        3. Breeding fuckers.

  16. “these proceedings cannot continue, as this presidency should be annulled”

    I first saw this use of “annulled” in a Robert Reich article linked to in Real Clear Politics last week. No mention there or by our own little man (PSL) where the annulment option is mentioned in the constitution…

  17. James Duane is my first choice.

  18. If the protesters were educated as to the real function of the Supreme Court would they be protesting?

    It’s clear these people and all those who turn to the court to make laws do not have a clue about the Constitutional role of the SC.

  19. If the opening round today is what we can expect in the future, Leader McConnell should cancel any further Judiciary Cmte hearings, and move to an immediate floor vote for Confirmation…..Friday @ 1400 would be good.

  20. Trump’s SCOTUS Pick: More Of The Same..Republican appointments have dominated the SC for the last 45 years. All of this talk about Republican presidents appointing pro-life, constitutionalist, originalist justices is just so much hot air.
    Kavanaugh is also being heralded by gun groups for supporting the pro-Second Amendment Heller decision. But Kavanaugh himself said that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms could be regulated and restricted by State and Federal law as long as these regulations and restrictions did not take away the right (the Second Amendment) completely. That’s hardly a strong pro-Second Amendment position. The Deep State(CFR) doesn’t care about the protestations (or the agendas) of the left or the right. All it cares about is putting people in power that they can control?and Kavanaugh fits that job description perfectly.

    1. Republican presidents have given us William Brennan, John Paul Stevens, Harry Blackmun (the man who authored Roe v Wade), and John Roberts (the man who gave us Obamacare). Trump’s appointment of Gorsuch (the man who made it illegal to deport illegal alien criminals) and now Kavanaugh are likewise in the mold of the above justices. Kavanaugh is a favorite of the establishment. Judge Andrew Napolitano rightly called Kavanaugh a “swamp pick.” He said that Kavanaugh was the “heart and soul of the DC establishment.” He said that Kavanaugh is “a big government guy.” Napolitano also quoted Kavanaugh as repeatedly saying that “the President [ANY President] can do no wrong.”
      Judicial Watch founder, attorney Larry Klayman, wrote this: Judge Kavanaugh either has no respect for the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, or he was unethically attempting to curry favor with the Republican establishment, exemplified by former President George W. Bush and his administration, which Kavanaugh had worked for as staff secretary in the White House Counsel’s office. President Bush and his Vice President Dick Cheney, not coincidentally, had also put in place this mass surveillance, using September 11 as the pretext.

      1. Kavanaugh helped Ken Starr cover up the Deep State’s murder of former Bill Clinton legal counsel Vince Foster. To quote Joel Skousen. Trump’s appointment of Kavanaugh tells me that Donald Trump is completely controlled by the state(CFR)
        Deep State has enough power and influence over you that when it needs you to submit to its wishes on a particular decision or vote (such as Judge Roberts’ Obamacare vote and Trump’s appointment of Deep State(CFR) puppet Brett Kavanaugh), you WILL comply.
        The Deep State doesn’t care about the protestations (or the agendas) of the left or the right. All it cares about is putting people in power that they can control?and Kavanaugh fits that job description perfectly.
        https://chuckbaldwinlive.com/ Articles/tabid/109/ID/3764/ Trumps-SCOTUS-Pick-More-Of-The-Same.aspx

        1. Now, tell us about the smartest Latino woman on earth.


  21. Of course, getting politics out of a modern SCOTUS confirmation fight is a harder ask than Hatch might care to admit.

    No, it’s super easy. Obama showed you how. Put forward people with absolutely no record whatsoever, since they had never been a judge at all. It’s the same way he became President; have no record to evaluate, and then there can be no evaluation of your record. All they have to go off of are promises, hopes, and dreams. (I.E. nothing at all)

    With that low of a bar already set, who really gives a shit about Kavanaugh? He’s literally already more qualified, regardless of his judicial philosophy, than other members of the Supreme Court.

  22. Leftists Are Freaking Out About The Nomination Of Brett Kavanaugh, But It Is Conservatives That Should Be Concerned..
    http://endoftheamericandream.c…..-concerned

  23. Video – Fox’s Napolitano ‘Disappointed’ By Kavanaugh: He’s ‘Heart and Soul of the DC Establishment’
    “I am disappointed in the president because this is not the type of person that he said he would pick,” Napolitano said. “This person is at the heart and soul of the DC establishment.”
    “In 2015, Kavanaugh declared “the Government’s metadata collection program is entirely consistent with the Fourth Amendment.”
    He cited Smith v. Maryland, a case whose facts bear almost no resemblance to the metadata program.”
    Gorsuch recently ripped SvM in a #4thAmendment case.”
    “Kavanaugh: “Government’s program for bulk collection of telephony metadata serves a critically important special need?preventing terrorist attacks on the United States. In my view, that critical national security need outweighs the impact on privacy occasioned by this program.”
    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/ foxs-napolitano-disappointed -at-kavanaugh-nomination-hes-heart -and-soul-of-the-dc-establishment/

    1. But does he make the libtards cry? Trump solved every other problem in the country, so that’s all that is lef to do–keep making libtards cry.

  24. Objection #1: Everything that Kavanaugh has done in his career has been affiliated with Republicans. He is a political creature through and through. Should he join the court it will make the court an instrument of the GOP.

    Objection # 2: His nomination by a president who is under a serious cloud of criminal activity which may include conspiring with the Russians to help him get elected could make him a possible illegitimate president. Until the criminal matters, which are far better defined now, are resolved, he has no right to name a second SCOTUS individual.

    1. Are you for real?

    2. That should work.

      Email Chuck Schumer right away!

    3. “Objection # 2: His nomination by a president who is under a serious cloud of criminal activity which may include conspiring with the Russians to help him get elected could make him a possible illegitimate president. Until the criminal matters, which are far better defined now, are resolved, he has no right to name a second SCOTUS individual.”

      The aluminum foil keeps those voices out of your head, but you have to remember:
      ‘Shiny Side Out’

    4. At least I read the article and have stated my opinion which I stand by. All you guys have done is to throw turds. That’s deplorable!

      1. I’m guessing there are a LOT of deplorables here.

  25. It’s amusing to hear an art history major and social climber question the professional qualifications of a Yale JD and accomplished justice.

  26. How much are we taxpayers forking out for the salary of the Senate’s sergeant at arms?

    -jcr

  27. If the Dems are going to carry on like this for a milktoast moderate like Kavanaugh, Trump should have nominated a real right-winger.

    1. Reason has been a counterweight to the left-right food fight, but it is starting to look like Trumpies are taking over. It would be unfortunate if Stossel is drinking the Kool-Aid.

  28. “The opening gavel had barely struck this morning before Judiciary Committee Democrats launched an apparently coordinated effort to derail the proceedings”

    Good for them! The Democrats need to obstruct as much as possible no matter who the nominee is. Never forget and never forgive what they did to Merrick Garland.

    1. Who’s Gerrick Marland and what’s ze have to do with this?

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