Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday denounced Democrats’ handling of past Supreme Court nominations and reminded them of how they worked a few years ago.
On the first day of the confirmation hearing for nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, Cruz broke with Democrats’ behavior at Justice Brett Kavanagh’s confirmation hearing in 2018, which he called “one of the lowest moments in the history of the Senate Judiciary Committee.”
“Your hearing won’t show any of that disrespectful behavior,” Cruz told Jackson during his opening remarks. “No one will ask about your teenage dating habits or ‘Do you like beer,'” Cruz said, referring to the still-unproven allegations Democrats brought against Kavanagh during his hearing.
Cruz told Jackson that his hearing would focus on his record and that the interrogation would focus on “what kind of justice” he would receive.
“It’s no longer a case that the Supreme Court’s confirmation hearing is just about merit. Our democratic colleagues have long since abandoned that standard,” Cruz said.
“Our democratic colleagues want the Supreme Court to be anti-democratic. Our democratic colleagues are frustrated with the democratic process. When they can’t pass a gun-control law because the American people don’t support them, they want to make the same law mandatory instead of elected judges, “Cruz added.
“Law after law, law after law, they can’t go through the democratic process. Democrats have decided that it’s easier to convince five lawyers in black than it is to convince 330 million Americans,” he said. That’s why the Supreme Court’s confirmation hearings have become so controversial, because the Supreme Court itself has a responsibility that the Constitution does not give it, which makes competitive policy decisions and takes them away from the American people, “he added.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) referred to the sexual harassment allegations against Judge Brett Kavanagh as a “teen dating habit.” pic.twitter.com/dpXl8kjFXC
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The media is already lamenting that Americans are “not aware” of President Joe Biden’s election.
Roll Call has published a story alleging that a recent survey found that most Americans are unaware of Brown K and his background.
Roll call reported:
That opportunity is available: only one in four voters identified Jackson as a Supreme Court nominee in the C-Span / Pierrepoint poll, the other 15 percent who can report that the nominee is a black female judge.
Jackson will have the opportunity to introduce himself again. When she did so while announcing her nomination at the White House, she expressed hope that her life and career could inspire future generations, just as she was inspired by the first black female federal judge, Constance Baker Motley. The election of a black woman in Biden means additional scrutiny for the way politicians and Washington insiders talk about the confirmation fight and could encourage voters ahead of this year’s midterm elections.
The Democratic caucus could stick together and convince Jackson without the help of Republicans, and none of the 48 Democrats in the Senate and the two independents who caucus with them voted against Biden’s judicial nominees on the Senate floor.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke on Sunday about Jackson and whether he would vote for his confirmation after then-President Obama nominated him to replace then-Judge Merrick Garland in 2013 after he refused to support his nomination in the DC Court of Appeals.
“It simply came to our notice then. He will not do that. So in the meantime the committee will ask him all the difficult questions. I have not made a final decision on how to vote, “he said.
“I’m going to hear the evidence. I’m going to hear the hearing. And yet, Democrats will be treated much better than Republican nominees like Clarence Thomas and Brett Cavanaugh in general, “McConnell continued.
McConnell added, “It will be a respectable, deep-dive into his record, which I think is perfectly suited for a lifetime appointment.” “I am just happy to hear the testimony. That’s why we have a hearing. “
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