Blumenauer Statement on Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court
October 10, 2018
Washington, D.C.— Following the Senate's vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statement:
“The Senate vote approving Brett Kavanaugh’s lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court completes the hostile takeover of that body by Republicans. Every bit as important, if not more than the politics and future direction of the court, is the appalling lack of fundamental respect for women in our society.
This is a defining moment in our history, and it comes more than a quarter century after Anita Hill was also unjustly dismissed by the Senate. In the past year, the “Me Too” movement has ushered in countless revelations of the horrific treatment of women that is all too normalized. The refusal to treat Dr. Ford with respect to thoroughly investigate her allegations of sexual assault is, unfortunately, not new. Trump’s mockery of Dr. Ford’s brave testimony is not new. This vivid disparity of her treatment versus Kavanaugh’s is not new. This moment reveals so much about the challenges we face today and have faced throughout our history. It’s an outrageous display of how a woman’s experience is valued less than a man’s reputation. It’s misogyny.
This Republican takeover of the Supreme Court has been years in the making, a recent low point being the refusal by Mitch McConnell and the Republicans to even hold a vote on Judge Merrick Garland, keeping the vacancy open 238 days in hopes of a Republican election victory. And, unfortunately, they got exactly what they wanted.
They now advanced a highly partisan nominee, with huge gaps in his official record from the Bush administration. At best, Kavanaugh gave highly misleading answers while testifying under oath. At worst, he flat out lied. And I believe he lied. He showed an extreme lack of judicial temperament and gave every indication that he would not be a dispassionate dispenser of justice. The result is a deeply flawed and compromised Supreme Court Justice who will cast a cloud over every decision in which he participates
It will take years to restore the balance and credibility of the Supreme Court, but that battle is being waged in every House and Senate seat in this election. We all have our part to play in electing people who will hold this administration and Republicans accountable and who flat out, actually, respect women.
Let us start today by doubling our efforts to electing people who will uphold the highest standards and not just demand accountability, but work for it the moment they are elected.”