Senate Democrats Thought About Staging a Kavanaugh Walkout, Opted for Disruption Instead

Rosemary Collier
September 5, 2018

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie was killed in a school shooting, attempts to shake hands with Brett Kavanaugh.

"I simply said, 'Hi, my name is Fred Guttenberg, I'm the father of Jaime Guttenberg, who was murdered in Parkland, ' " Guttenberg told Kate Bolduan on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront". As soon as Guttenberg said his name, Kavanaugh turned and walked away.

"My mom taught me that judges don't deal in abstract theories; they decide real cases for real people in the real world", Kavanaugh said.

"As Judge Kavanaugh left for his lunch break, an unidentified individual approached him", White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah tweeted. Kavanaugh did not shake his hand. Republicans hold a slim Senate majority and can confirm Kavanaugh if they stay united.

Remember, during today's hearing lots of minutes were spent listening to what a great guy Kavanaugh is, and how the girls he coaches in basketball just love him.

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Democrats are likely to deploy a similar coordinated strategy they used on day one of the hearing by interrupting the start of the hearing to call for delays in the proceedings until senators get access to all of Kavanaugh's documents.

"No one is above the law in our constitutional system", Kavanaugh says, citing Federalist 69.

Republican Senator Lindsay Graham said President Trump often drove him insane but his choice of Kavanaugh was the best thing he had ever done. But as Graham said yesterday, you can't lose elections and pick judges. He fiercely defended the independence of the Judiciary.

In his opening statement, Kavanaugh vows to be a "pro-law judge" who will interpret the law impartially. "A judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent".

In Kavanaugh's own statement at the end of more than seven hours of arguing, the federal appeals judge spoke repeatedly about the importance of an independent judiciary and the need to keep the court above partisan politics, common refrains among Supreme Court nominees that had added salience in the fraught political atmosphere of the moment. He was also part of the legal team that investigated then-President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s. Kennedy, who retired in July, was the perennial deciding vote on 5-4 cases, usually siding with the four conservatives but swinging to the liberals' side on abortion, affirmative action, gay rights and other social issues.

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Going into Tuesday's hearing, White House aides believe their nominee's task of introducing himself to the country hasn't been made more hard in the weeks leading up to this hearing.

"This is the first confirmation for a Supreme Court justice I've seen, basically, according to mob rule", Republican Senator John Cornyn said, a characterization Democrats rejected. "And I've seen more than anyone else in the Senate".

Maybe Democrats can't match Mitch McConnell's brazen obstructionism, but now they're thinking about it - or at least, they want their base to believe they're thinking about it.

Ahead of Tuesday's hearing, the first of a week of confirmation hearings for the nominee, committee Democrats criticized the Trump administration for holding back documents related to Kavanaugh's service in the George W. Bush White House.

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