Should Democrats go scorched earth on Trump's Supreme Court nominee?

Should Democrats go scorched earth on Trump's Supreme Court nominee?

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Democrats opened Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination hearing by immediately asking chairman Chuck Grassley to adjourn the panel. There has been a debate amongst Democrats since Justice Kennedy announced his retirement about whether to obstruct the hearings in order to prevent Kavanaugh's confirmation. As the hearings start, it appears the liberal wing of the judiciary committee is planning to do just that. Republicans are saying Democrats had more than enough time to prepare for the hearing and it should continue unimpeded. What do you think?

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Democratic Senators opened Kavanaugh's hearing by interrupting chairman Chuck Grassley to request full access to the judge's documents and, after being denied, moved for the hearing to be adjourned. 

Republicans are saying Democrats have been more than adequately informed about Kavanaugh's judicial history, citing the number of documents they have been provided for review. 

Democrats counter they have been given only a small fraction of the documents making up Judge Kavanaugh's judicial history. Democratic Senators claimed during the hearing that there are six to seven million documents in existence and they are only privy to 10 to 15 percent of those documents. Additionally, roughly 100,000 documents have been withheld by the White House, citing executive privilege, according to The New York Times

“Ninety-three percent of the records from Kavanaugh’s tenure in the White House as counsel and staff secretary have not been provided to the Senate and 96 percent are hidden to the public,” Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said, referring to Judge Kavanaugh’s time in the George W. Bush White House. “This entire process has cast a cloud over Judge Kavanaugh,” she added, saying, “We go to these hearings under protest.”

Sen. Orrin Hatch voiced the opinion of the Republican majority, calling for unity and a speedy confirmation for Judge Kavanaugh. He claimed liberal activists were turning "the volume up to 11" and using scare tactics to whip up dissent against Kavanaugh, saying they think he's "one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse."  

Hatch said the Senators should fall into line as Kavanaugh is "well within the judicial mainstream, anyone who wants to argue otherwise wants to banish half the country from the mainstream." 

While Republicans are calling for civility and urging their colleagues to follow set rules, liberal activists are harking back to 2016, when Senate Republicans refused to even speak to President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland. Per New York Magazine

To stiffen their spines, Democrats might consider what a Republican senator declared in October 2016, back in the Hillary inevitability days. “I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up,” he declared. As straight talk and bipartisanship and honor itself are apparently laid to rest alongside his body – and as Trump’s takeover of the Supreme Court is assumed to be inevitable – remember that the man who said that was John McCain.

Garland was quickly brought up during Kavanaugh's hearing. Per The New York Times

Democrats, pressing for a delay in the confirmation hearing of Judge Kavanaugh, repeatedly raised the specter in the room, Judge Merrick Garland.
Judge Garland was nominated by President Barack Obama for the Supreme Court to fill the seat of Justice Antonin Scalia, but Republicans refused even to meet him, much less grant him a confirmation hearing.
“I think you have to understand the frustration on this side of the aisle,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. “Understand where we’re coming from. It’s not to create a disruption.”
Even Judge Kavanaugh, in an excerpt from his prepared remarks released by the White House on Tuesday morning, raised Judge Garland’s name, praising his colleague on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
“I have served with 17 other judges, each of them a colleague and a friend, on a court now led by our superb chief judge, Merrick Garland,” Judge Kavanaugh said.
Justice Scalia’s seat was ultimately filled by Justice Neil M. Gorsuch.
The episode generated deep division and bitterness, and Judge Kavanaugh’s comment may rekindle it.
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