In a shocking revelation, some Democrats have actually said they would keep an open mind and give President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh a fair confirmation hearing.
Of course, it’s not so shocking that the Democrats saying this come from contested Red states in the center of the country, where Trump won over 70 percent of the vote in 2016.
Democrats from the coast, however, have vowed not to be so open-minded. “We will fight this nomination tooth and nail,” said Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
Unfortunately for Schumer, that “we” isn’t fully inclusive.
Senators from states like West Virginia and Alabama are more reluctant to condemn Kavanaugh. In fact, Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) praised Kavanaugh, describing him as “a family person who’s very involved in his community,” and “a very fine person of high moral standards.”
Manchin vowed to keep an open mind about his nomination during the confirmation hearings.
“I don’t have a lean,” Manchin said. “We have to just look at making sure that the rule of law and the Constitution is going to be followed, and that’s going to basically preempt anything else he does.”
“I don’t think it matters,” Senator Doug Jones (D-Ala.) told The Washington Times. “You are going to have a hard line for and you are going to have a hard line against and I am not listening to the hard line voices either way. I want to do my own work and go from there.”
That’s how it should be. While it might sting for some Democrats that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not give President Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland a chance at a hearing, two wrongs will not make a right.
Instead, attempting to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation will frustrate voters. Because the most the Democrats can do regarding the Kavanaugh nomination is delay it. Should all Republicans be on board with Kavanaugh — which looks to be the case — his place on the Court is all but inevitable.