WASHINGTON – If you missed Day One of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court hearing, just try to imagine a mud-wrestling contest attended by banshees howling at the referee.
Between senators interrupting the all-wise-and-patient Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and shrieking protesters, the proceedings were too lowbrow to resort to the usual circus metaphor. It was a performance, all right, but it was embarrassing to watch.
The falderol was allegedly about a document dump from the Kavanaugh team that arrived in Democratic members’ offices Monday night, too late for staffers to read and analyze everything. These were the last of nearly a half-million pages provided to the Senate – or more than the total for the past five nominees combined, according to Ed Whelan, president of the conservative Ethics and Public Policy Center.
Tuesday morning began with Grassley attempting to begin the hearing, and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., attempting to immediately adjourn. Next came Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., followed by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., etc., etc.