Budowsky: Kavanaugh and the rights of women
Pavlich: Democrats should be ashamed of outbursts
Since Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court earlier this year, Democrats have mounted an unprecedented protest of his successor.
Driven by far left groups, leading Democrats in the Senate vowed to oppose any nominee President Trump chose. When United States Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh was announced as the man to replace Kennedy, Democrats called the nonpolitical, moderate nominee an extremist who would overturn Roe v. Wade and put the lives of millions at risk.
This week, Democrats continued their charade by throwing a planned and coordinated disruption of Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Within minutes of the hearing's commencement, Democrats including Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.), Kamala Harris (Calif.) and Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) were speaking out of order, personally attacking Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and demanding the hearing be adjourned. Within an hour, Democrats interrupted and spoke out of turn nearly four dozen times. The nominee didn't get to his opening statement until well into the afternoon.
What would justify this kind of behavior? What were the demands behind this madness? Democrats claimed they hadn't seen enough documents related to Kavanaugh's past legal career, ignoring the 480,000 pages already provided to staffers and more than 300 publicly available court rulings.
The facts speak louder than the partisan screaming. Democrats firmly planted in "the resistance" have said they would vote against Kavanaugh since the beginning, even before he was named, and not a single document more will change their minds.
"I will be a 'no' vote on this nominee," Blumenthal said on July 9, the same day Kavanaugh was announced as Trump's pick. "In his record and writings, which I have reviewed, there is a very extreme hostility to many of the precious rights and liberties that make our nation great."
"The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is enormously concerning and I'm strongly opposed to it," Booker said, again on July 9. "Judge Kavanaugh has an immensely troubling record."
Not to mention, a number of Democrats refused to take a meeting with Kavanaugh during his visits to Capitol Hill in recent weeks. If Kavanaugh's record is "immensely troubling," why not meet to confront him on it?
The Democrats demanding more of Kavanaugh's records in front of the cameras are the same who claimed on the day he was nominated that they'd already seen enough and made up their minds. It's been 57 days since Kavanuagh was nominated. Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor clocked in at 49 and 48 days when they started their confirmation hearings. Democrats don't need more time.
The chaos during the first day of Kavanaugh's hearing didn't happen organically. It was well thought out and planned at the highest level of Democratic leadership.
"Democrats plotted coordinated protest strategy over the holiday weekend and all agreed to disrupt and protest the hearing," NBC News reporter Kasie Hunt tweeted. "Dem leader [Charles Schumer] led a phone call and committee members are executing now."
In addition, the disruptive behavior was precisely coordinated with far left groups, whose members were repeatedly removed from the hearing room by Capitol Police after multiple disruptions.
"We're disrupting the Kavanaugh hearings every few minutes, with hundreds of women prepared to get arrested to prevent these hearings from moving forward," the radical Women's March tweeted. "Make a donation today to support the brave women organizing to #SaveSCOTUS and #CancelKavanaugh!"
If the goal was for Democrats to show they are the more reasonable, mature side of the political aisle that deserves to be in power, they failed. Temper tantrums are no substitute for real debate or questions on issues of serious concern.
"One of the Senate's most solemn constitutional duties is to provide advice and consent to the president on his nominations of Supreme Court justices," Grassley said as the adult in the room. "Democratic leaders tried their best to stop today's hearing from happening. For all their talk about transparency, what they most feared was a chance for the American people to hear directly from Judge Kavanaugh."
It couldn't be clearer. Senators like Booker and Harris aren't interested in vetting Supreme Court nominees, they're interested in running in 2020 against Trump. They proved it by sending out fundraising emails during their Kavanuagh hearing outbursts.
America deserves better and so does future Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Pavlich is the editor for Townhall.com and a Fox News contributor.