Senator Jon Tester promised weeks ago to meet with President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. And it still hasn’t happened.
So-called moderate Democrats like Tester claim they’re willing to work with President Trump to tackle important issues that affect our country, but they strangely can’t find the time to meet with Judge Kavanaugh.
It’s not hard to see why.
Senator Tester and other red-state Democrats are stuck between a rock and a hard place — the rock being their increasingly extreme and unhinged left-wing base, and the hard place being the midterm elections.
When Neil Gorsuch was nominated to the Supreme Court, the midterms were far in the distance. Democrats in red states could afford to vote against Judge Gorsuch’s confirmation. That’s why Tester voted no on Gorsuch without a long, drawn out theatrical performance.
But now, with the midterms just around the corner and the much prophesied “blue wave” shaping up to be more fiction than fact, Democrats are changing their tune.
After Kavanaugh was nominated, Tester issued a press release saying, “I take my Constitutional duty to screen the President’s nominees very seriously, and in the coming weeks I look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh.”
Well, it’s been weeks since that statement and Tester still hasn’t met with Judge Kavanaugh.
Perhaps Tester has spent too much time listening to possible 2020 presidential candidate Democratic Senator Cory Booker, who recently implied that Kavanaugh is literally evil.
It’s clear that Tester is either too spineless to stand up to the radical liberal fringe in his party, or he agrees with their obstruction and resistance. Either way, he’s certainly not representing Montanans.
When a president nominates someone to fill a Supreme Court vacancy, it is customary for senators to meet with the president’s nominee. This usually happens within days of the nomination.
Kavanaugh, however, was nominated weeks ago and has only met with a few Democrat senators.
Democrats argue that they won’t meet with Kavanaugh until Republicans hand over a trove of documents regarding Kavanaugh’s past work in the George W. Bush administration. As precedent, they cite the confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, during which the Obama administration released thousands of documents related to her work in the Clinton White House.
The Democrats are acting ridiculously as usual. The situations simply aren’t the same.
For one thing, Republicans did not respond to Kagan’s nomination with automatic obstruction, nor did they refuse to meet with Kagan. Senator Mitch McConnell met with the liberal justice just two days after her nomination.
Furthermore, the Kagan documents released by the Obama administration related to Kagan’s role as Associate White House Counsel in the Clinton administration — a legal role. The documents the Democrats are currently seeking relate to Kavanaugh’s time as an Assistant to the President and White House Staff Secretary — an administrative role with no legal implications.
The radical Democrats are just looking for any excuse to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation and hurt my father’s agenda, and Jon Tester is going along for the obstructionist ride.
The Democrats’ behavior surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation shows the extent to which they care more about politics than doing what is best for the country. Ultimately, Democrats don’t have to vote for Kavanaugh, and the vast majority of them won’t — but they certainly won’t be able to claim they’re making an informed decision without having met the man.
In his statement on Judge Kavanaugh, Senator Tester said, “Montanans have a lot on the line with this next Supreme Court Justice so I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to put politics aside and do what’s best for this nation.” He should start taking his own advice.
How can Democrats and John Tester fulfill their job in the US Senate if they refuse to meet with the nominee? This is a dereliction of duty of a United States Senator. Our constitution is clear, the Senate must "Advise and Consent" on nominees. John Tester isn't fulfilling his elected role, instead he is missing in action. Montana deserves better.