May 09 2006
The Coalition of The Chillin’ – established during the initial phases of the filibuster debate when the Gang of 14 Senators was instantiated and there was hysterical speculation the end of Bush’s judicial nominees was nigh – has another feather to stick in its cap with today’s hearings on Circuit Court nominee Brent Kavanaugh:
White House staff secretary Brett M. Kavanaugh today testified at a contentious Senate hearing on his nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, asserting he had no involvement in the Bush administration’s policies of interrogating terrorism suspects and domestic spying without court warrants.
The fact Kavanaugh could not be linked to anything left the Democrats to whine about nothing at all. Schumer looked particularly frustrated and defeated. Quite enjoyable. Specter is a member of the Gang of 14 and torpedoed the rumors at the git-go.
Specter sought to make a case that Kavanaugh was not an extreme conservative, saying he has an “open mind.”
Speculation is the Judicial Committee will vote him through this week, with a floor vote very soon after. As I noted last year when Saad and Myers were ‘delayed’ (as was Kavanaugh), there was no reason not to wait and bring these back at a later date once the Democrats had learned the futility of the filibuster threat while the Gang of 14 held together.
The left is raging, the right is depressed, and the rest of us get to sit back and wonder. Why is the right so bummed out when they get three confirmations and nothing regarding the rest of the nominees? The predictions about Myers and Saad being dead are simply silly. All that came out was the 14 senators in the â€˜dealâ€™ could not agree, as I posted earlier, and so who knows what will happen to them.
Two Supreme’s later and numerous circuit court judges, the Coalition of The Chillin’ is still being vindicated.