The prospective testimony of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford may be our best chance yet at a democratic process in the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. To date, Senate Republicans have tried to railroad through his confirmation, withholding an unprecedented number of documents from the committee and the public. Their cries of urgency ring hollow, as they blocked President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland from receiving any proceedings for 10 months. But even with the efforts to obscure the nominee’s record, we know what Judge Kavanaugh believes, whose rights he will protect, and the harm that will ensue if he is confirmed.
Judge Kavanaugh’s world experience is one of privileged, bad behavior. It is no surprise that his record is one of protecting the powerful to the detriment of people of color, women, and low-income people.