Judge Brett Kavanaugh sat through a multi-day marathon of questioning and theatrics before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week. He faced a broad range of questions on issues including First and Second Amendment freedoms, abortion, race relations, and separation of powers.
Notably, on religious freedom, Kavanaugh responded to a question from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), “As I've said in some of my opinions, we are all equally American no matter what religion we are or no religion at all. That means religious speakers and religious people have a right to their place in the public square.” The judge also pointed to the importance in the Constitution of a prohibition on a religious test for public office.
In his opening statement, Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) called the judge “one of the most qualified nominees – if not the most qualified nominee – I have seen.” Grassley noted, too, the tactics of Democrats to halt the hearing. “Democratic leaders tried their best to stop today’s hearing from happening. For all their talk about transparency, what they most feared was a chance for the American people to hear directly from Judge Kavanaugh,” he said.
Indeed, this hearing was striking not only for the interruption (and arrest) of wave after wave of leftist protestors, but also the lack of respect for rules and order by some Senate Democrats, including Sens. Corey Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) who are suspected to have presidential ambitions. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said, “I guess our Democratic friends’ coordinated plan was to throw a big pot of spaghetti at the wall and see if anything stuck. Well nothing stuck. Nothing stuck except the complete contrast between a gracious, thoughtful, patient nominee.”
In a letter to Grassley last week, NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson said, “With outstanding credentials and a track record that reveals a judicial philosophy honoring the U.S. Constitution, including our most fundamental freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, Judge Kavanaugh should sail through the Senate on the basis of merit.”
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: September 7, 2018