Judge Kavanaugh is an Impressive, Brilliant and Mainstream Nominee
‘Perhaps it is finally dawning on the far left that Judge Kavanaugh is an impressive, mainstream, and brilliant nominee who almost any objective observer would agree is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. Maybe that’s why they are resorting to futile attempts to disrupt the proceedings… Well, I’ll be perfectly clear about this: Hysterical stunts will not stop the United States Senate from completing its business.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the president’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh:
“Day Two of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings proved to be a marathon session. For 13 hours, Judge Kavanaugh was grilled by our colleagues on the Judiciary Committee. Through that testing, the Senate got to see exactly why the American Bar Association deemed this nominee to be ‘unanimously well qualified’ -- a distinction many of Democratic colleagues have at times called ‘the gold standard.’
“We saw precisely why he’s earned such praise from accomplished legal figures. Like Lisa Blatt, a self-described liberal and a leading Supreme Court litigator who proudly introduced Judge Kavanaugh before the committee. And Neal Katyal, the Obama administration Solicitor General who said, quote, ‘it’s very hard for anyone who’s worked with Judge Kavanaugh, appeared before him, to frankly say a bad word about him.’
“Judge Kavanaugh was patient and professional. His answers showed total command of everything from the fine details of case law to the principles upon which our founders built the Constitution. Back in July, one of Judge Kavanaugh’s former Yale Law School professors explained that he is, quote, ‘an avid consumer of legal scholarship. He reads and learns.’ Well, it certainly shows. And Judge Kavanaugh's widely-acclaimed temperament was on full display. He gave thoughtful, expansive answers while also respecting the independence of the judiciary.
“Even as some of our Democratic colleagues seemed to forget that we are examining a potential Supreme Court justice -- and not interviewing a super-legislator who will be writing his own policy preferences into law -- Judge Kavanaugh remained gracious and spoke at length about his past jurisprudence and his understanding of the role judges play in our republic. It was striking to contrast Judge Kavanaugh’s poise and professionalism with the continued unhinged antics of the far left, which once again resorted to yelling and screaming and interrupting the hearing with nonsensical protests. The Capitol Police deserve all of our gratitude for keeping order, as does Chairman Grassley for keeping the proceedings moving smoothly.
“Perhaps it is finally dawning on the far left that Judge Kavanaugh is an impressive, mainstream, and brilliant nominee who almost any objective observer would agree is qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. Maybe that’s why they are resorting to futile attempts to disrupt the proceedings. Maybe that’s why no fewer than 66 individuals were removed from the hearing room for interruptions. Well, I’ll be perfectly clear about this: Hysterical stunts will not stop the United States Senate from completing its business. There is no heckler’s veto here. I look forward to more excellent testimony from Judge Kavanaugh today.”
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