Editorial Boards Unimpressed by Brett Kavanaugh, Frustrated by Republican Secrecy

While Democrats are fighting to give the American people the fair and transparent hearing they rightfully deserve for a nominee to the Supreme Court, Republicans have withheld documents and tried to hide Kavanaugh’s record. Meanwhile, Kavanaugh failed to answer important questions and has actually raised even more concerns. Editorial boards across the country are unimpressed:


San Francisco Chronicle: “Republican senators’ rush to help President Trump shape the Supreme Court, the nation’s ultimate arbiter of law, has been ironically steeped in disregard for the rule of law and regular order.”


St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “If Kavanaugh is so squeaky clean and highly qualified for the high court, what are Senate Republicans afraid of?”


Washington Post: “The Democrats have a point: The Republicans are running a rushed review of a man who is on track to occupy a seat on the nation’s highest court.”


Albany Times Union: “Even those inclined to support Judge Kavanaugh should be concerned about how this nomination is proceeding. Hundreds of thousands of documents from his days as a White House counsel have been withheld. Hours before the hearings began Tuesday, 42,000 pages were cynically dumped on the Senate.”


Santa Fe New Mexican: “There are good reasons for voters to show that concern, including worries about a right-leaning Supreme Court’s positions on voting rights, reproductive choice, the ability to regulate industry and the impact of laws on those of our neighbors who lack power and influence.”


Philadelphia Inquirer: “That is all the more reason why lawmakers and the public deserve to know more about Kavanaugh's time in the White House. Given the gap in the public record surrounding Kavanaugh's legal work, his confirmation should not proceed.”


Washington Post: “Mr. Kavanaugh dodged question after question, frustrating senators attempting to pin him down on relevant legal issues. He said he had not studied whether the president can pardon himself. On whether the president can order the Justice Department to investigate — or not investigate — someone based purely on political considerations, Mr. Kavanaugh said he should not comment on “the latest political controversy.” Yet these are pressing legal matters and Mr. Kavanaugh’s views are of rightful interest.”


Baltimore Sun: “If he is confirmed, he could determine the course of the high court for years to come. Yet the quality of the vetting he has received in his Senate confirmation hearings this week is the worst we have seen. Mr. Kavanaugh elevated the polished yet non-committal answers his immediate predecessors have offered to questions about their views to new levels of meaninglessness. Far from merely declining to state how he might rule on issues that could come before the court, he was evasive about even opining on things he himself had written.”