by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Brett Kavanaugh will take the hot seat Tuesday when he heads before the Senate Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing, a marathon event that caps off a bruising confirmation battle.
The hearing will be a major test for Kavanaugh, who would cause the ideological balance of the Supreme Court to shift firmly to the right if confirmed.
Kavanaugh’s nomination has already drawn opposition from more than two dozen Senate Democrats, and while many have already made up their minds about President Trump’s nominee, his confirmation hearing will also serve as a means for the public to draw their own conclusions about Kavanaugh.
“It’s important for the American people themselves to have an opportunity to see him and to see his responses,” said Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director at Judicial Crisis Network. “Right now, they’ve been hearing two narratives that are diametrically opposed about this nominee. Is he fair and experienced and an evenhanded judge, or is he the devil incarnate? We’re going to find out and see who shows up at the hearing. That’s going to be a service in itself.”
Kavanaugh has so far avoided making any missteps during the confirmation process, but sparks are expected to fly as Senate Democrats try to pin down his views on hot-button issues such as whether Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that established a woman’s right to an abortion, should be overturned or whether a sitting president should have to comply with a subpoena.