Progressives Demand Delay In Kavanaugh Confirmation Process
Judge Kavanaugh at Previous Hearing (public domain)
By Mike Hersh – Progressive Democrats of America
Hersh added, “After hearing both Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh testify before the Judiciary Committee yesterday, our deepest fears have been confirmed, not allayed. Dr. Ford’s testimony is corroborated and substantiated by contemporaneous and subsequent statements made to a counselor and several others. None of her testimony was refuted, despite contrary claims by Republican partisans.”
Hersh said, “In addition to making several evasive or false statements under oath yesterday, Judge Kavanaugh has made apparently perjurious statements during testimony before the Committee in previous hearings. His volatile behavior yesterday raises grave concerns about his fitness for the United States Supreme Court. Specifically, he shouted conspiracy theories and partisan revenge fantasies, and vowed retribution against perceived political enemies. This exposed his inability to impartially rule on critically important cases and controversies facing the USA.”
Hersh noted, “Judge Kavanaugh shouted at and made rude remarks to Democratic Senators, most alarmingly disrespecting female Senators. He bullied Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) so abusively that he felt obliged to apologize later. When she asked, ‘Have you ever blacked out [from drinking]?’ Judge Kavanaugh refused to answer and instead snapped at her, ‘Have you?’ This revealed Judge Kavanaugh’s rage, arrogance, and mean-spiritedness.
Hersh stated, “PDA calls upon Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to enforce his own ‘McConnell Rule’ that requires a delay in the confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice within a year before an election. Should Sen. McConnell refuse to do so, all Senators must act to prevent the confirmation of an alleged felon to the Supreme Court. They must vote against confirmation, refuse to vote for cloture, filibuster, walk out to prevent a quorum, and undertake all other means to prevent a final vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh—at least until after the midterm elections—to depoliticize this process as much as possible.”
Hersh concluded, “Republicans, independents, and Democrats are shocked and dismayed by Judge Kavanaugh’s behavior. Unfortunately, one partisan faction is covering up evidence regarding allegations of multiple sexual assaults, financial impropriety, perjury, and other charges. The Senate must not confirm a scandal-tainted, emotionally unstable, mean-spirited, partisan extremist to the Supreme Court. We cannot expect justice from a Justice Brett Kavanaugh.”