In these times of divisiveness, any confirmation hearing for a potential supreme court justice is bound to be contentious. Right now, we have a three-ring circus.
The process used to be far less partisan. Unless there were strong objections, most senators thought the president was entitled to their choice. Ruth Bader Ginsburg received 96 votes. Now, very few senators will vote for anyone in the opposite party.
If President Trump is able to nominate a successor to Anthony Kennedy, it is almost certain to affect the balance of the Court. Democrats are so desperate that they are willing to do almost anything. They are determined to stall this until next year in the hope that they will then control the Senate. Some see this as the same thing that Republicans did with Garland. There is a huge difference between the majority deciding not to act and a minority thwarting the will of the majority. President Obama once said elections have consequences. Apparently, that applies only to Republicans.
The hearings got off to a raucous start with Democrats constantly interrupting and demonstrators trying to stop the hearings. We had two senators send out videos that were deliberately edited to make Kavanaugh look bad. Cory Booker had his Spartacus moment.
Of course, all that was a prelude for the accusation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a girl when he was a teenager. Rather than discuss the case itself, I want to focus on how it is being handled. Diane Feinstein deliberately kept it under wraps for two months. Some want a guilty until proven innocent approach. It’s impossible to prove a negative. He would need an hourly diary for both he and the accuser from their teen years. Senator Hirono of Hawaii attacked men in general saying they should “shut up and step up”. Now some are saying they will impeach him if he is confirmed.
These actions may make them feel good and endear them to their base. This is not the way most Americans want their government to operate. These tactics may hurt them in the midterm election.
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