Today Brett Kavanaugh will be interviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. We won’t hear anything from the
horse’s ass the nominee until the afternoon, because each senator will have ten minutes of opening remarks. Oy.
Axios morning email thingie:
Situational awareness: CNN’s Stephen Collinson points out that the four-day Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh — which begins at 9:30 a.m. today, just 63 days before midterms — is the start of a “critical period that might lay the foundations for the nation’s ideological course for years and even decades.”
And remember that Kavanaugh could help decide the fate of Bob Mueller’s probe if he winds up in a constitutional confrontation with the White House. (Bloomberg)
“Hours before Kavanaugh nomination hearings, Bush lawyer releases 42,000 pages of documents to Judiciary Committee”: “Hours before the start of hearings on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the lawyer for former president George W. Bush turned over 42,000 pages of documents from the nominee’s service in the Bush White House, angering Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, who issued what is certain to be a futile call to delay the proceedings.
“‘Not a single senator will be able to review these records before tomorrow,’ Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted Monday evening. Taylor Foy, a spokesman for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), responded that ‘our review team will be able to complete its examination of this latest batch in short order, before tomorrow’s hearing begins.’ A few hours later, a tweet from the committee said that the ‘Majority staff has now completed its review of each and every one of these pages.’”
So, the best hoped-for possibility is that someone, somewhere fell asleep and included some damaging material in the document drop last night, and that in the wee hours some hapless Dim intern/staffer found that Unicorn.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie:
“Brett Kavanaugh will step into the grueling national spotlight of a Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Tuesday. But the Democratic senators he’ll face are under intense pressure of their own — to make the best of a bleak political predicament.
“With Kavanaugh considered likely to win confirmation absent a major misstep, Democrats must keep pushing against long odds while carving out an upside to potential defeat. They’re readying an intense volley of questions for the 53-year-old appellate court judge on hot-button liberal issues from abortion to the Russia probe and aiming to create viral social media moments from particularly controversial exchanges in the hopes of chipping away at Kavanaugh’s credibility. …
“Even if Democrats can’t quash Kavanaugh’s confirmation, though, they know they’ll have to walk away from the fight with the minor victory of weakening Kavanaugh’s public persona and forcing Republicans to come up with the votes to approve him before a single one of their members comes off the fence.”
“With Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings set to begin Tuesday, partisans on both sides are focusing on one of the most consequential questions surrounding his nomination: Whether he would stand firm with precedents set by landmark rulings or be willing to overturn them.
“Liberals warn that key rulings on abortion, affirmative action and gay rights could be weakened or reversed by a court that leans further to the right. Many conservatives, on the other hand, hope those precedents will be limited by future rulings and eventually crumble, even if Judge Kavanaugh moves carefully rather than tearing through established doctrine.”
To cut to the chase this week’s hearings are kabuki theater. The Dims do not have numbers on their side (even in the unlikely event that both Collins and Murkowski flipped, Walnuts is dead, and Rand Paul is already on record as being in favor, and that is that), and there is no such thing as a non-partisan Wingnut anymore, and the Unicorn (above) is not going to be found in time. This nomination will end up being a party-line vote. When the Blue Dogs, who are up for re-election in Red States see that it is unwinnable, they will be released to vote with Wingnuttia without retribution from Chuck Schumer as all politics are local.
Any outcome other than confirmation will be a surprise.