JUSTICE GINSBURG CRITICIZES HIGHLY PARTISAN KAVANAUGH HEARINGS
September 20, 2018 | By Kathleen Parker
Thank God for the profound critique by Justice Ginsburg of the highly partisan hearing of Judge Kavanaugh. Pray for a return to a proper, constitutional vetting of nominated judges and justices.
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people. (Proverbs 14:34)
“After several days of showboating and judicial hazing, Democrats pulled out their biggest weapon against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh: a . . . woman claiming sexual misconduct in high school. . . .
In the meantime, 65 women who have known Kavanaugh since his high school years signed a letter addressed to both Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Feinstein affirming Kavanaugh’s good character.
“In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect,” the letter said. “That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day.”
So here we are debating an adolescent boy’s qualifications to become a Supreme Court justice. What’s next, his potty training?
Even Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is displeased with the way Kavanaugh has been treated by the Senate. Speaking Wednesday at George Washington University Law School, a day before Feinstein disclosed the letter, Ginsburg called the Kavanaugh hearings “a highly partisan show.” She recalled both her own and Justice Antonin Scalia’s “truly bipartisan” hearings in better days.
After she was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, Ginsburg was confirmed in two months by a vote of 96 to 3 . Scalia, whom she described as “certainly a known character,” was confirmed unanimously. “Every Democrat and every Republican voted for him,” she said.
“That’s the way it should be. . . . The Republicans move in lockstep, and so do the Democrats. I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back to the way it was,” said the 85-year-old jurist.
Brava, Madam Justice, brava.
Clearly, both political parties are responsible for the highly partisan show now taking place, but Democrats currently lead what appears to be a race to outdo the other in bad form. A lower point is hard to imagine.
Bipartisanship (and fairness) may be forever beyond our reach, but we should at least be aware of our participation in this dismal prospect. There is a way back to the better times of which Ginsburg spoke, though it will require great courage and character to confirm the highly qualified Kavanaugh with a bipartisan vote.
Alas, there’s no such thing as a magic wand.” (Excerpted from The Washington Post, opinion by Kathleen Parker.)
Don’t miss this video of Justice Ginsburg commenting on the hearing:
“. . . the way it is, is wrong.”