ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN —
WASHINGTON — The second day of confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh began this morning. The opening day experienced many loud protests and delays from protesters throughout the day as senators on the judiciary committee gave their opening statements.
Democrats express skepticism of the judge’s expansive view of presidential power. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) bluntly says that President Trump had nominated Kavanaugh with “an eye towards protecting himself.”
Early Tuesday evening, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and self-described “liberal Democrat” and supporter of Hillary Clinton, Lisa Blatt, introduced Kavanaugh. They praised the judge’s record, his intellect, his temperament and his overall generosity.
Of Kavanaugh, Blatt says, “If it were up to me, Justice Ginsberg would have all nine votes. But that’s not our system.” She adds that Kavanaugh is the best Democrats can hope for in this season of Trump.
Early Tuesday evening, Kavanaugh was sworn in.
Today will be the first day of questioning of the judge and it is expected to be contentious.
Looking forward to the November midterms, progressive Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley defeats 20-year incumbent, Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), all but assuring her election to the House.
Doug Christian, Washington