Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lashed out against what she calls a “highly partisan show” taking place during the confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
The Justice was speaking at the George Washington University Law School when she Mae he disapproval clearly known. Justice Ginsburg expressed her thoughts to the students saying that “the way it was, was right. The way it is, is wrong.” She maintained that the “atmosphere” of her 96-3 voted confirmation was “truly bipartisan.”
“The vote on my confirmation was 96-3, even though I had spent about 10 years of my life litigating cases under the auspices of the ACLU,” Justice Ginsburg explained. “No senator asked me any questions — not about that.”
Ginsburg gave another example by using the memory of the late Justice Anton Scalia: “Think of Justice Scalia, who’s certainly a known character in, what was it? 1986,” she said, continuing:
“The vote was unanimous, every Democrat and every Republican voted for him. That’s the way it should be, instead of what it’s become, which is a highly partisan show. The Republicans move in lockstep, and so do the Democrats. I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back to the way it was.”
The process of confirmation for Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been decidedly contentious. There have even been allegations of perjury from the senators. In spite of this, he is expected to gain more than the 50 votes needed for confirmation.
Ginsburg continues to be a sought after voice about the process. She will be portrayed by actress Felicity Jones in a coming biopic that will premier on Christmas Day, 2018.
What do you think about her words describing the confirmation process as a “highly partisan show?” Do you think we will ever have a unanimous approval of a Supreme Court justice again? We look forward to seeing your comments.