The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to be the next Supreme Court justice has produced some interesting conversations. Most of the Democrats in the Senate immediately came out and stated intentions to vote no. Now the Democrats would like to slow up the process by demanding to see all of Judge Kavanaugh’s professional paper trail – well over 1 million pieces of paper. The problem with this desperate attempt to #resist, though, is that people with common sense will now deny them their request/demand.
Enter Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR). Wednesday, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), one of the most vocal of Kavanaugh’s critics, sent out a tweet that explained the need to see Kavanaugh’s papers from his work in the administration of former President George W. Bush. She calls on the public to get in on the action.
Public pressure is key to stopping the GOP from jamming through Kavanaugh’s nomination without all of his documents from the time he worked in the Bush White House. They want to keep them hidden, but we must be loud and demand those records. Keep up the calls.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 8, 2018
At least she admits it is a stalling tactic. Not to be so moved, Senator Cotton responded by denying the legitimacy of her demand since she’s already on record saying she’ll not vote for Kavanaugh anyway. Oops. Cotton isn’t willing to silently allow the Democrats to have it both ways.
Cotton Dismisses Harris’ Call for More Kavanaugh Documents: ‘You Already Said You’re Voting No’ https://t.co/Hh5w4QQetg
— Senate Action Comm (@SACF2016) August 8, 2018
As the article in the Free Beacon explains, Kavanaugh was a member of the Bush administration for five years. He reviewed legal papers and provided his comments, among other duties. Republicans agree that records from his of service in the Bush administration are relevant but Senator Grassley hasn’t requested documents from the staff secretary days of 2001 – 2003. Grassley is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In what Democrats complain is an unprecedented move, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, last week sent a letter, without the support of the top Democrat on the committee, to the National Archives, asking for documents from the five years Kavanaugh worked in the Bush White House — with the exception of his three years as the president’s staff secretary.
Harris’ intentions have been clear from the start. She hasn’t even met with Kavanaugh yet she has expressed a definitive opinion.
“Judge Brett Kavanaugh represents a direct and fundamental threat to that promise of equality and so I will oppose his nomination to the Supreme Court,” she said in a statement on July 9.
When Democrats realized that they have no procedural way of railroading Kavanaugh’s nomination, other than excessive demands of documents to slow it down, their level of frustration grew to a new level. Senator Harris is even on record declaring that “We’re looking at the destruction of the Constitution of the United States” with the nomination. Talk about hyperbole! She said it on MSNBC to host Chris Matthews so she was picking the right audience for such partisan drama.
There was a time that senators recognized that a president is entitled to his nominations, barring no extraordinary circumstances. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated by President Clinton in 1993 and was confirmed 96-3. No Republican was under the impression that she was a moderate. It was even common practice to use voice votes for nominees up through the LBJ administration. That would be impossible now.
When Kavanaugh is confirmed, the man who was confirmed in 2006 as a federal judge will help set the path of the Supreme Court for a generation. Elections have consequences. Supreme Court nominations were the very reason many of us voted for President Trump in 2016. So far, he has validated that decision. Any day Hillary Clinton isn’t nominating a Supreme Court justice is a good day.