On Friday, Parkland survivor Aalayah Eastmond testified at Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing in front of the U.S. Senate, and revealed in gut-wrenching detail what it's like to experience a school shooting. But that didn't stop them from putting up a rowdy, leave-nothing-on-the-table fight during four days of Senate confirmation hearings that marked a new stage in the party's resistance to President Donald Trump.
It's a sad commentary that in retrospect, now-Justice Elena Kagan's confirmation in 2010 seems like something from a different era, when senators on both sides of the aisle took the vetting process for the highest court in the land seriously. But during a follow-up on the second day of the hearing, Kavanaugh directly answered no, extinguishing any sizzle she generated in her first questions.
On Friday, Democratic witnesses expressed concern about Kavanaugh's record on a range of issues including affirmative action, the rights of people with disabilities, access to birth control and abortion.
Democratic witnesses also included a student who survived the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and Rochelle Garza, the legal guardian for a pregnant immigrant teenager whose quest for an abortion Kavanaugh would have delayed previous year.
On Wednesday night, Harris also made headlines for her question on abortion rights and the future of Roe v. Wade - a topic other Democrats angling to run for president who aren't on the committee, including New York Sen. "And make no mistake about it".
She is referring to Fred Guttenberg, who tried to shake hands with Kavanaugh earlier in the week. They talked about his intelligence and open-mindedness, calling him "thoughtful", "wonderfully warm" and a "fair-minded and independent jurist". Other Democrats rallied around him in support. He's smart. Be careful what you wish for.
The document battle stemmed from Kavanaugh's unusually long paper trail following his years in the Bush White House.
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Graham pressed the issue, and Kavanaugh responded that the Supreme Court applied the liberty clause in its decisions regarding abortion: "The Supreme Court has found it under the liberty clause but you're right". Today on Slate, a lawyer wrote that because of his answer, Kavanaugh should not be confirmed to the Supreme Court, and in fact should be impeached from his current position on the U.S. Court of Appeals. He called the scenario "deeply troubling", adding that there is "much to fear from an unchecked president who is inclined to abuse his powers". He was asked the same question during his 2004 and 2006 confirmation hearings for lower court appointments. He called the Supreme Court a "team of nine committed to deciding cases according to the Constitution and laws of the United States". Booker didn't come out of that exchange looking particularly Presidential, but he now has more than two years to rehabilitate his image.
Richard Blumenthal said Kavanaugh's view on what gun control is permissible "is out of touch with reality".
The tone in the email from 2003 contrasted with his responses to questions on Wednesday when he stressed how hard it is to overturn precedents like Roe. In the email, Kavanaugh was reviewing a potential op-ed article in support of two judicial nominees while he was working at the George W. Bush White House.
In spite of the good faith and proactive bipartisan overture made by Grassley, Democrats ignored it and chose to insincerely make the confidential documents an issue at the hearing.
For the nomination to fail, several Republicans would have to flip because the GOP holds a 51-49 edge in the Senate. The document was partially redacted.
Asked about it by the committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, Kavanaugh reiterated his previous testimony that "Roe v. Wade is an important precedent of the Supreme Court".
With Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election ongoing, Democrats have spent part of Kavanaugh's hearing trying to get his views on presidential power, including whether a president can be forced to testify in a criminal investigation or pardon himself. Throughout his testimony, Kavanaugh repeatedly stated the importance of judicial independence.