Sen. Orrin Hatch decries chaos at hearing for Supreme Court nominee

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  • WallE Walla Walla, WA
    Sept. 8, 2018 3:17 p.m.

    Republican leaders demonstrated they won't follow the Constitution if it's inconvenient to their #1 goal (winning) when they refused to follow the Constitution and give advice and consent to the President's Supreme Court nominee (Garland). A vote against him would have been honorable with a reason for the vote against (advice & consent). Senator Hatch clearly didn't defend the constitution in 2016. Very sad.

    I hope Gov. Romney will have the intestinal fortitude to defend our Constitution.

    United we stand, divided we fall. Our Constitution binds us all!

  • carrin Price, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 11:52 a.m.

    Our current administration has changed from the Republican Party of our childhood. Anything goes now. Our petulant, childish President started these silly games. Our administration is an embarrassment.

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 2:49 a.m.

    Something tells me Hatch is going to have a tough transition to being an ordinary citizen.

  • Edmunds Tucker St. George, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 11:07 p.m.

    ''protesters repeatedly interrupted.'' Your column doesn't name the protesters, but the videos show the interruptions were Democrats Harris and Blumenthal. The Deseret News should send its comment policy to those two, especially ''Treat other readers as you would if you were speaking to them from a microphone, looking them in the eyes, then passing the microphone cordially to the next contributor.'' or call for their resignation as being unfit.

  • Acedoc Fresno, CA
    Sept. 5, 2018 3:02 p.m.

    what we have witnessed over the past 12 years is the absolute erosion of trust from a particular aspect of the political scene. To a point America has a severe Left angled approach or agenda, to think that a person of immense integrity would sell himself, the country, the constitution for one individuals interest is absolutely disgusting, let alone preposterous.
    Just follow the track record of this fine individual, imagine what these people would do to someone of lesser track record is appalling.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 1:56 p.m.

    Re: "Why does the Party of Treason insist on . . . ."

    Glad we didn't take this over the top, or anything.

    Wouldn't it be scary if one tribe or faction started disingenuously accusing the other of capital crimes, purely as a political measure, in order to arrest, imprison, even eliminate members of them?

    Oh, wait. That's what liberals are already doing. Then blaming their centrist and conservative victims for their own misconduct.

    Dr, Goebbels would be so proud!

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 12:44 p.m.

    To "TeachyMcTeacherPants" explain, if you can, how Republicans are being hypocrites.

  • TeachyMcTeacherPants Sandy, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 12:31 p.m.

    I'm not a fan of the Democrats but the Republicans are being hypocrites in this situation.

    Just calling it like it is.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 12:13 p.m.

    To "GaryO" but Trump is just doing what Obama did. Why is it wrong for Trump to do the same things as Obama? You cheered for Obama, so why not cheer for Trump?

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Sept. 5, 2018 11:33 a.m.

    " . . . we shouldn't have to put up with this kind of stuff." - Orrin Hatch

    That's exactly what Goebbels said to Hitler. And so what did they do? The Nazis imprisoned or murdered all dissenters.

    Those were the good old days, weren't they Senator Hatch?

    According to the "conservatives" in power here, it is the president's executive privilege to HIDE pertinent information about Kavanaugh from the American public.

    All previous presidents allowed potential Supreme Court justices to be thoroughly vetted. Why does the Party of Treason insist on hiding so much of Kavanaugh’s record from the American public?

  • Paul8777 Brigham City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 10:26 a.m.

    I have to wonder if Senator Hatch ever apologized to Merrick Garland for the nonsense that Senator Hatch and his cohorts in the GOP sent his way? Somehow, I doubt it. Having blown up the procedures of the Senate, Senator Hatch now demands in his characteristically hypocritical way that Brett Kavanaugh be afforded the deference he refused to show to Mr. Garland. Brett Kavanaugh will undoubtedly be confirmed as a result of the GOP's decision to eliminate the filibuster. However, he will join Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch as justices with huge asterisks hanging over their heads. To bemoan that the Supreme Court is a political body is to ignore the fact that Senator Hatch and the GOP have made it such.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 10:18 a.m.

    Garland is a non-issue, since Democrats were the first to put off a SCOTUS nomination just prior to an election ; and that situation does not apply here. Actually, this may be a case where Trump is helping the economy : Protestors were seen being paid to protest and be disruptive. And this after all the crocodile tears by Democrats over lack of bipartisanship at Senator McCain's funeral.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 8:03 a.m.

    enator Hatch and Senator Lee have shown how much they adore President Trump in many ways. Both Senator Hatch and Lee has disregarded the behavior everyday the various actions are mentioned. Senator Hatch is acting completely opposite to when he poised to impeach President Clinton for a similar behavior. Besides President Clinton showed his Income Tax Returns. Pres
    The Senators deny various problems with reality and the truth have left citizens to question why he specifically nominated Kavanaugh. Did the President like the Kavanaugh opinions on Executive Powers and not being indicted or investigated for abuse of power ,

    For the President to withhold 100,000 pages of papers in the Bush White House is reprehensible and an abhorrent behavior.

  • goodnight-goodluck Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 8:02 a.m.

    Poor Orrin the irony of the situation escapes him. Something about reaping what you sow. Chickens coming home to roost....

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2018 7:07 a.m.

    Senator Hatch:

    I decry you and your Republican colleagues behavior with President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland. It was utterly disgusting how the Republicans didn't even give Garland a fair hearing. The hypocrisy of you and your party continues to reach new highs, one can only hope it will be the GOP's demise.

    Signed,
    A former Utah Republican ....

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 11:45 p.m.

    The behavior by both parties is inexcusable and should make most Americans want to be Independents. Democrats very bad behavior won't help them in the midterms. Their far left members are not what our country needs. They are pushing our country too far left.

    The far right Republicans wouldn't even grant Garland, a well qualified candidate, a hearing just to spite Obama and Dems. Their hypocrisy cup spilled over a long time ago and continues to do so. The far right Rrpublicans are not what this country needs either.

    We need reasonable politicians, government leaders, and justices who put the well being of our country and citizens before party. Those that have the courage and moral code to do so deserve all the support we can all give them.

  • kmike las vegas, NV
    Sept. 4, 2018 11:42 p.m.

    I hate to rain on everyone's parade but their is something "rotten in denmark" in regards to Mr Kavanaugh. This is being rushed through without the normal process, Why?

    Mr Kavanaugh is a hand picked selection of the Koch Brothers, Trump is delivering their pick.

    Mitch McConnell wants this done before mid terms Why?

    With a very right leaning Judge the Koch Brothers can now push for a Consitutional Congress, and with that re write our Consitution.

    If Mr Kavanaugh is qualified then release all the papers.

    The protest are their because people want to be heard, they are being ignored by their leadership that they elected.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 11:32 p.m.

    Lots of partisan jabber in these comments, most of which is poorly informed and not worth a whole lot, but in my view, Hatch is a major contributor to the state of affairs we are now suffering through. His hypocrisy is his legacy. He claims influence, but he has provided no leadership, only hyper-partisanship. I would have expected more from a very senior Senator, but then it is not a coincidence that there is a correlation between his tenure in the Senate and the breakdown of civility.

  • SC Matt Saline, MI
    Sept. 4, 2018 11:30 p.m.

    @JBs:

    "While some decry protestor's behavior in the hearing, they do not condemn the president's behavior."

    I haven't seen many "Trump is the greatest thing since sliced bread" kind of supporters here.

    Have you? What I've seen are a lot of people who seem to be saying "well, he wasn't my first choice, but he was less bad than the alternative."

    Because of all of the (R) politicians I've ever seen, Trump has by far the largest number of traditional (R) voters upset and turned off.

    Being turned off to Trump doesn't automatically mean that (D) politicians would have been a better choice. I was so disappointed, I voted third party.

    So, yes, I decry both Trump and the protesters, but for different reasons.

    But the fact remains that Trump is the duly elected President. It's his constitutional duty to nominate somebody to fill the vacancy on the USSC.

    Would you have him neglect his duty?

    But one final question: If Merrick Garland was so badly treated, how would you have responded if Hillary had won, but Obama pulled Garland's nomination on 11/9/16, allowing Hillary to select Scalia's replacement?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 11:18 p.m.

    Senator Hatch and Senator Lee have shown how much they adore President Trump in many ways. Both Senator Hatch and Lee has disregarded the President’s immoral behavior everyday the various actions are mentioned. Senator Hatch is acting completely opposite to when he poised to impeach President Clinton for a similar behavior. Besides President Clinton showed his Income Tax Returns. President Trump’s various problems with reality and the truth have left citizens to question why he specifically nominated Kavanaugh. Did the President like the Kavanaugh opinions on Executive Powers and not being indicted or investigated for abuse of power , conspiracy or “collusion”?

    For the President to withhold 100,000 pages of Kavanaugh’s papers in the Bush White House is reprehensible and an abhorrent behavior for Senator Hatch and Lee to condone.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Sept. 4, 2018 10:49 p.m.

    I once was a registered democrat but presently I am independent. I'm not a Trump fan and have had mixed feelings about Kavanaugh but the behavior of the protesters has put me in the Kavanaugh camp. The democrat tactics reveal their desperation and lack of good reasons for opposing Kavanaugh.

  • CaliCougar American Fork, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 10:02 p.m.

    Nate R

    Do you realize that some 400,000 documents have already been provided as part of this process? From what I understand, that is about as many documents as have been provided in the previous four or five confirmation processes.

  • Nichol Draper West Jordan, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 9:07 p.m.

    People like to deny history. The Democrats held both the House and the Senate for the last two years of George W. Bush's presidency. They passed the budget and yes Bush didn't veto it, but then it was Bush's recession. Even though fracking saved the economy during Obama's reign despite his opposition, Democrats claim that he was responsible for steady slow growth during his presidency. The economy is unleashed now, but people still claim Trump isn't responsible. People claim Trump lies, but when WaPo's fact checks are debunked as lies by a Democrat no less, they still claim that Trump lies. There is a #walkaway movement that is gaining ground and further left people like Jimmy Dore are pointing out the hypocrisy because the Democrats cannot continue to lie without it being exposed. If you posted here claiming that Trump isn't the best president in our generation, then you really haven't been honestly evaluating the news.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 8:23 p.m.

    procuradorfiscal - Tooele, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 5:36 p.m.
    Re: "Everyone knows Kavanaugh will be confirmed unless the world stops turning, so maybe this is the one way for dissenters to be heard."

    Sure it is. But it's also clearly illustrative of the well-worn, Orwellian tactic the Left is wont to use -- violence and boorish, disingenuous violation of others' First Amendment rights -- as means to their unpopular and unsupported ends.

    Antifa is one example.

    The hearing behavior of Democratic Senators is another.
    ==========

    The REAL problem -- the one no one on either sides is willing to confront -- is that BOTH conservative AND liberal extremists are guilty of the same things.

    Then there are those of us in the middle.

    Hopefully, we will be the ones who will prevail in the next elections.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 7:08 p.m.

    @bamafone "Let them blabber, and then toss them out, the confirmation Kavanaugh will happen because he is highly qualified."

    So was and is Justice Garland. The chaos started when Hatch and Co refused him a hearing.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 6:39 p.m.

    Re JBs

    President Trump saved us from Hillary Clinton. So all is forgiven.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 6:27 p.m.

    Let them blabber, and then toss them out, the confirmation Kavanaugh will happen because he is highly qualified.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 5:36 p.m.

    Re: "Everyone knows Kavanaugh will be confirmed unless the world stops turning, so maybe this is the one way for dissenters to be heard."

    Sure it is. But it's also clearly illustrative of the well-worn, Orwellian tactic the Left is wont to use -- violence and boorish, disingenuous violation of others' First Amendment rights -- as means to their unpopular and unsupported ends.

    Antifa is one example.

    The hearing behavior of Democratic Senators is another.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 5:08 p.m.

    I have to tone my commwnts down. While some decry protestor's behavior in the hearing, they do not condemn the president's behavior. This is relevant to the conversation because there have been many difficult conversations because of Trump and the things he has said and done. Really crude and crass things.

    Everyone knows Kavanaugh will be confirmed unless the world stops turning, so maybe this is the one way for dissenters to be heard. There's no need to take the low road and civility would be great. I'm all for it. But let's not pretend that Republicans can cast stones until they take an honest look at Trump.

  • 1aggie Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 4:59 p.m.

    Despite the stolen Supreme Court seats of the mid-1800s, says Geyh, (Indiana professor and author) the modern Senate’s outright declaration that no Obama nominee would get a hearing or vote in 2016 still violated the Senate’s norms. None of the tabled nominees of the 1800s were federal judges like Garland, whose qualifications the Senate endorsed in 1997 by confirming him for his appeals court seat, 76-23. “You’ve got a consensus choice,” says Geyh, “which makes it all the more bald-faced that the Senate would do as it did.”
    (Smithsonian)

    "In two instances in the twentieth century, presidents were not able to nominate and confirm a successor during an election year. But neither reflects a practice of leaving a seat open on the Supreme Court until after the election."
    (SCOTUSblog)

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Sept. 4, 2018 4:47 p.m.

    Chaos is one description. Incivility is another.

    If we are still a functioning representative democracy, these disruptive protests are inappropriate. (Opponents of the current representatives have a civil means of recourse through the ballot box in 2 months.)

    If we are no longer a functioning democracy, then...

    I don’t think most Americans think we are a dictatorship yet. But, I could be wrong.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 4:39 p.m.

    At least he gets a hearing. If he can't handle it and needs to be treated with kid gloves, he doesn't belong on the supreme court. Just more whining by Orrin.

  • Yar Springville, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 4:38 p.m.

    This is ridiculous. I know Mr. Kavanaugh isn’t who you want (and that the GOP had double crossed you with wrongfully throwing Mr. Garland off the bus and what not), but this type of behavior is just sloppy. Look, Dems out there. Give him a chance. Maybe in 2020 (or 2024) you'll have a turn to shape things the way you want (and I will call out the GOP if they act spoiled during that time you’re in charge).

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 4:37 p.m.

    jsf claims: "So funny, leftist democrats demand a supreme court that is left of center. By what ever means they can. "

    Except that Garland was not left of center, not even close, and was praised by Orrin and even recommended as a nominee by Orrin, right up until the GOP Gang leaders said "No". Then he was labeled as all sorts of nonsense along with all sorts of nonsense about why the GOP refused to do their job, hold hearings, couldn't even fake it like they usually do.

    The trouble with Democrats is, they trust the GOP, which is why Obama nominated a neutral Justice, just like letting the GOP make changes and add input on the ACA. Then in gang fashion the GOP votes against their own ideas and suggestions to try and hurt the democrats and American's.

    That's why the GOP is bad for America, they are as trustworthy as their supreme leader.

  • Cheesecake Beaver, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 4:15 p.m.

    NewsFlash - Kearns, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 2:56 p.m.
    "Cheesecake,
    You are still incorrect: Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC) 47 years."

    This doesn't change my argument in any way, but as you want to debate this further, here goes:

    Following the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Senator Thurmond switched parties. He went from being a democrat to a republican. You see following the civil rights act, the parties essentially traded places (many democrats became republicans, and vice versa). Thurmond remained in the senate for about 39-years as a republican. So yes, as you pointed out, technically he was a senator longer than Orrin Hatch. But, his first 8-years was as a democrat. As a "Republican Senator," Hatch has him beat.

    I know, it's a minor detail. I don't think it changes anything. Hatch, who ran for the senate raging against career politicians, became just that.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 3:37 p.m.

    @1aggie

    "In the time frame you are suggesting, only three presidents have had the chance to fill a seat on the Supreme Court bench in an election year, and all of them took it."

    Not sure of your point since:
    The first example was of a confirmation that occurred AFTER reelection (which plays to the argument that Republicans were right to wait on Garland until after the presidential elections)
    The second example was of a senate and president of the same party (so it is not the same scenario as a president and an opposition party Senate - apparently the SAME party did not like their own party appointments)
    The third example was a retirement announced nearly a year and a half away from a presidential election in order to give the president the opportunity to nominate (It was not an untimely death in a presidential election year)
    None of these circumstances replicate Obama nominating Garland

    My late 1800's figure was from a LA Times article detailing the last time a senate confirmed a supreme court nomination from an opposing presidents party in a PRESIDNTIAL election year (not merely mid-term) - which is what the Garland scenario was. .

  • Joe Hilll Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 3:17 p.m.

    Sorry Senator Hatch but your words just rings with hypocrisy.

  • 1aggie Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 3:12 p.m.

    First, Republicans changed the rule on requiring a 60 vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees.

    Monday night, right before hearings opened, some 42,000 documents pertaining to Kavanaugh’s work with previous administrations were released to the committee.

    Less than 24 hrs. to process and go over 42,000 documents and 100,000 pages being withheld entirely.

    Apparently, for Republicans, the ends justify the means.

  • NewsFlash Kearns, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 2:56 p.m.

    Cheesecake,
    You are still incorrect: Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC) 47 years.

    As for the democrats, While I understand their angst against this man because of what happened to Garland, it does not give them the right to do what they are doing...

    They demand to see all his notes from when he was in the GWB White house, the Star Investigation and his time as a Federal judge.

    The white house has released I believe 150,000 documents of Kavanaugh time in the White House, although still protected documents, the Senate committee will have access to them.

    My question to the liberal democrats is simple: If you want to read the documents to learn more about this man time in the white house, then why has not ONE democrat on this committee been up to see these documents? Not one, has taken the time to go read these protected documents that has been allowed by the WH to see.

    This is nothing more than sour grapes from the democrats. Yes, what they did Garland was not right, but you know, it does not make what they are doing now "Right".

  • 1aggie Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 2:54 p.m.

    CounterIntell:
    "Interesting that you left out the fact that the last time a supreme court justice was confirmed in an election year when the senate was of the opposite party of the president was in the late 1800's - and that was under extraordinary circumstance.

    In the time frame you are suggesting, only three presidents have had the chance to fill a seat on the Supreme Court bench in an election year, and all of them took it.

    In 1956, pre-election, Republican President Eisenhower made a recess appointment of William Brennan. Congress was under Democratic control. Brennan was then nominated and confirmed after Eisenhower won reelection.

    In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson — who announced he would not run for reelection — made two unsuccessful nominations. The Democratic Senate held hearings on his nominations.

    On November 11, 1987, President Reagan nominated Kennedy to the Supreme Court seat vacated by Lewis F. Powell Jr., who announced his retirement in late June. His hearings before the Senate judiciary committee began on December 14 when Congress was controlled by Democrats and he was confirmed in 1988 with Democrats still the majority in Congress.

  • Dart Thrower Ogden, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 2:53 p.m.

    We have a nomination by an openly corrupt President and that nomination should not stand. Trump said he was coming to Washington to drain the swamp, but when two Republican Congressmen are nabbed by the FBI (one for insider trading, the other for spending campaign funds on personal expenses), Trump says that the indictments thrown out. In essence Trump was saying that the rule of law doesn't matter, only his autocratic grip on the office matters. Is this really a person that we want picking the highest arbiters of the law?

  • FatherOfFour WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 2:49 p.m.

    It's fun to read the comments here and then read the ones from the Deseret News articles on Merrick Garland a few years ago. It seems our right wing commenters have completely changed their mind as to how this process should work. I'm old enough to remember the Tea Party protests way back nine years ago. And now our right wing friends are saying that protesters should just be arrested. Spoiler alert, the next time we have a democratic president and he nominates someone for SCOTUS these same commenters will expect the GOP to fight against it tooth and nail.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 2:51 p.m.

    Orrin and his ilk are the reason for the chaos.

  • emb Pleasant Grove, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 2:47 p.m.

    Senator Hatch was right on target with his comments as was Senator Lee. The behavior of those protesting was outrageous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jsf Centerville, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 2:46 p.m.

    So funny, leftist democrats demand a supreme court that is left of center. By what ever means they can.

    Then they maintain a hypocrisy of telling the republicans they can't have a SCOTUS that is right of Center. Because it isn't fair. Like a second grader in school complaining to his teacher it wasn't FAIR HE STRUCK OUT IN A GAME OF B

    Not a foot to stand on Democrats. Elections have consequences. Sorry Hillary didn't make it.

  • 1aggie Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 2:20 p.m.

    Judge Kavanaugh was staff secretary to the White House under George Bush and has admitted handling draft signing statements before presenting them to Pres. Bush.

    "Mr. Bush’s aggressive use of presidential signing statements became a contentious issue toward the end of Judge Kavanaugh’s tenure as staff secretary from 2003 to 2006. By then, Mr. Bush had already challenged more provisions of new laws than all previous presidents combined, but those claims attracted little attention until he asserted that he could bypass a December 2005 law in which Congress, over his objections, had tightened restrictions against torture.

    Emails disclosed last year during the confirmation of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, another Bush administration veteran, revealed that there had been a high-level internal fight about what the signing statement on the torture ban should say. But those emails did not show how Judge Kavanaugh eventually presented the matter to Mr. Bush."
    (NYTimes)

    Note: Kavanaugh has referred to his years in the Bush Administration as the "most interesting and instructive" of his career. Yet, Republicans are keeping that record secret.

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 2:18 p.m.

    Democrats' antics in these hearings will cost them votes in the midterm elections.

    The (rational) Democratic voters most likely AREN'T amused by the antics of the left-wing fringe of the Democratic party.

    Maybe its' just time to close the hearings to all but credentialed media members. That way, the goofy protesters could just be arrested outside where its' easier to transport them all to jail!

  • Nate R La Jolla, CA
    Sept. 4, 2018 2:07 p.m.

    The Republican chairman, Sen. Grassley, created this chaos by refusing to release 4,000+ pages of the nominee's public record until 11:00 pm the night before the hearing. There is no possible way senators (of either party) could even skim that many pages before the hearing began, much less adequately review them.

    I have supported Sen. Hatch for many years but, as of late, I am extremely happy he is retiring.

  • SC Matt Saline, MI
    Sept. 4, 2018 2:01 p.m.

    @Counter Intelligence:

    "Orwell's villains were largely leftist (i.e. Amimal Farm was a parody of socialism)"

    Actually, to be fair, Orwell was disappointed with the USSR's implementation of socialism.

    He was fine with socialism, but merely imagined that there might be a way to implement socialism without all of the anti-worker behavior so evident in the USSR's system.

    There isn't. Even he might see that now, if he were still around. Unfortunately, we have a whole bunch of people coming of voting age who don't really understand that eventually you will run out of other people's money.

    Either that, or they imagine that anybody can build a company, given access to money supplied by the government.

    And they can. It's just that the company won't actually produce anything anybody wants to buy.

  • strom thurmond taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 1:56 p.m.

    For democrats to behave in this fashion, in front of the nominee's children, should cause them to lose control of the congress for generations.

    How shameful, but predictable.

    A new low.

  • strom thurmond taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 1:53 p.m.

    Its amazing that Democrats, who have half a million pages of documents, demand more in complete melodramatic madness, while in the same sentence say they know Kavanaugh won't have their vote.

    This issue was on the ballot and democrats lost, biggly.

  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 1:51 p.m.

    Carnival Barker - Victor, ID
    Sept. 4, 2018 12:25 p.m.

    “What we are witnessing is the left in full panic mode! They have lost so much power and influence and they just keep losing it”!

    Believe the ongoing, excessive use of exclamation points clearly indicates panic mode comrade. Furthermore. Continue screaming “fake news” and “Deep State” conspiracy theories while your Supreme Leader’s approval ratings remain at 36% and decline hourly. You’re in for one rude awakening this November. Please prepare the “liberal biased media” excuses well in advance and have plenty of tissues on hand. Country before party comrade {Exclamation point} #Blue Tsunami! 🌊

  • strom thurmond taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 1:47 p.m.

    Today I learned from Democrats that Brett Kavanaugh will be single-handedly going to be responsible for children being shot in schools and women dying of breast cancer, if confirmed.

    Trump's reelection is all but assured.

  • birwin Herrmian, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 1:44 p.m.

    Nonsense is what congress is all about... and has been about since the early '90s.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 1:45 p.m.

    I cringe watching this stuff. It's embarrassing.

    The confirmation process looks more like an election than an examination of temperament and qualifications. If the left had not turned the Supreme Court into a political football, nobody would even care about the nominee. But because they have turned the court into a legislative oligarchy of judges, we have bitterness, rancor and strife.

    How can you take any of this seriously from the Democrats when they have all proclaimed their opposition to Kavanaugh before the hearings had even begun? The liberals had preprinted picket signs with all of the possible nominees names on them before they even knew who was chosen. Likewise, they had prewritten press releases waiting for only the name to fill in the blanks. How do you have an honest, intelligent hearing in this environment?

    It would be better to bypass this circus and go straight to a vote.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 1:34 p.m.

    The chaos and partisan hyperbole went into overdrive in 2009 when a black man became President. It hasn't cooled down since.

  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 1:26 p.m.

    Carnival Barker - Victor, ID
    Sept. 4, 2018 12:25 p.m.

    “What we are witnessing is the left in full panic mode! They have lost so much power and influence and they just keep losing it”!

    Believe the ongoing, excessive use of exclamation points clearly indicates panic mode comrade. Furthermore. Continue screaming “fake news” and “Deep State” conspiracy theories while your Supreme Leader’s approval ratings remain at 36% and decline hourly. You’re in for one rude awakening this November. Please prepare the “liberal biased media” excuses well in advance and have plenty of tissues on hand. Country before party comrade {Exclamation point}

  • Traveller Farmington, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 1:25 p.m.

    Didn't Senator Booker say in July "I will fight to stop this nomination every step of the way"?

    Didn't Senator Harris say in July "Judge Brett Kavanaugh represents a direct and fundamental threat to [America's] promise of equality and so I will oppose his nomination to the Supreme Court"?

    Didn't Senator Blumenthal say, also in July "I will be a 'no' on this nominee"?

    I guess we can give them full credit for doing what they said they would in fighting the nomination, but I would give them even more credit if they dropped the pretense of needing more time and more documents to make up their minds.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 1:17 p.m.

    The Democratic party has gone bonkers. Now taking cues from the socialists and anarchists.

    I call it the "Trump Effect". Liberals heads are exploding everywhere.

  • Deej Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 1:18 p.m.

    Hatch complaining about chaos?

    Oh that's rich. Hatch has about as much self awareness as Trump.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 1:09 p.m.

    Hatch said in his prepared remarks. "I know a good nominee when I see one."

    Just like he knows a good president when he sees one. Sorry, but President Trump is not a great president and I am finding it tough to trust Judge K with protecting the Constitution and the country. I fear he would sell us down the road, like others are doing now.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 12:50 p.m.

    Tell me that again in 90 days. The Trumpublican Party is about to have their hats handed to them.

  • Counter Intelligence Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 12:47 p.m.

    @Frozen Fractals

    "Interesting complaint from a guy who couldn't be bothered to support even having a hearing for the only Supreme Court nominee Obama got to make while there was GOP control of the Senate. "

    Interesting that you left out the fact that the last time a supreme court justice was confirmed in an election year when the senate was of the opposite party of the president was in the late 1800's - and that was under extraordinary circumstance

    Also: Kennedy retired (assumedly so that Trump could nominate his successor); it is doubtful that Scalia died to accommodate Obama

    @Furry1993 -

    Orwell's villains were largely leftist (i.e. Amimal Farm was a parody of socialism)

    But the intolerant left is so busy playing the victim that they cannot see that everyone else experiences them as the perpetrator

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 12:45 p.m.

    It is beyond shameful what the Republicans did to Merrick Garland when President rightfully nominated him for the Supreme Court. Now the shoe is on the other foot and they have the nerve to repudiate the Democrats. Shameful!

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Sept. 4, 2018 12:25 p.m.

    What we are witnessing is the left in full panic mode! They have lost so much power and influence and they just keep losing it!

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 12:24 p.m.

    The Donald loves chaos. See Woodward's great new book.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 12:19 p.m.

    But I doubt senator hatch would deny this nominee will further subvert organized labor, because this is what senator hatch wants.

  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 12:17 p.m.

    @SAS: "Know who else was a good nominee? Merrick Garland."

    And so was Bork, whose only real problem was being too conservative for the Democrats.

    Garland, was too liberal for the GOP Senate Majority.

    Turns out the GOP treated Garland with utmost respect compared to how the Democrats savaged Bork.

    Your team started this game of being partisan with nominees. And it paid off very well for them. They got 30 years of Kennedy rather than a solid conservative. The right has finally woke up and realized there are no principles, no precedence, there is simply the exercise of raw political power.

    Exercise it effectively or the other side will get their way despite losing elections.

    The left has made the Supreme Court the highest branch of government, the moderator of morality, the designer of our social contract. The left can now live a generation with a slightly rightward shift of the court.

    Sadly, I suspect Roe is safe. Gladly, the court will probably not allow you to bankrupt every business owner who politely declines to celebrate immorality.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 12:17 p.m.

    The story doesn't mention that the protests were so vulgar and bad that the Kavanaugh children had to be escorted from the chamber.

    Keep it classy, dems. The voters are watching.

  • Cheesecake Beaver, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 12:16 p.m.

    ute alumni - Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 11:57 a.m.

    Thank you for your response.

    First, I must point out that your list appears to be combined between the houses. I specifically limited my statement to senators. That being said, you are correct that there are democratic senators who served longer than Hatch, so I must clarify my previous comment: he is the longest sitting REPUBLICAN senator in US history. The assertion that this is hypocrisy when we consider his initial campaign harping on so called "career politicians" stands.

    Again, thank you for the correction.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 12:13 p.m.

    The left keeps screaming about "documents". Frankly, nothing that he did for the Bush Administration, Ken Starr or the documents generated thereof are relevant to his being a federal judge. If they were relevant, he'd not have been appointed to the Federal Bench.

    The only documents that would matter are decisions rendered by a sitting Federal Judge and opinions written.

    Other than that, let's get this farce over with.

    Besides, he's a baseball fan and you can't go wrong with a good baseball fan.

  • 83Ute Ogden/Weber, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 12:05 p.m.

    @Obama10 (10:47 pm):

    "Please remind me of any chaos when Obama nominee David Souter or Sonia Sotomayor were confirmed?"

    For what it is worth, David Souter was not an Obama nominee. He was nominated by George HW Bush in 1990. You are only off by about 20 years.

  • Wonder Provo, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 12:03 p.m.

    What would be nice is if Republicans would follow regular order and not proceed with these hearings until all the relevant information has been provided to the committee. As usual over the past 10 years, Republicans are taking every advantage and ramming things through without using the normal process. And no, this isn't like Obamacare. There were months and months of hearings about Obamacare. Just because no Republican voted for it doesn't mean it wasn't debated. In this case, as with others, Republicans seem to not want information to come out in hearings. What are they always so afraid of?

  • bemorefair , 00
    Sept. 4, 2018 11:59 a.m.

    The left is freaking out and rightfully so. They are about to lose their cherished majority and so they are taking extreme measures that appear absolutely insane to normal people in a desperate attempt to avoid the inevitable.

  • ute alumni Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 11:57 a.m.

    Cheesecake
    It’s a good idea to know your facts before posting: notice 5 of top 7 are dems.

    1. Robert C. Byrd (D-WV)
    Jan 3, 1959 to Jun 28, 2010
    51 years, 5 months, 26 days
    2. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI)
    Jan 3, 1963 to Dec 17, 2012
    49 years, 11 months, 15 days
    3. Strom Thurmond (R-SC)
    Dec 14, 1954 to Apr 4, 1956
    and Nov 7, 1956 to Jan 3, 2003
    47 years, 5 months, 8 days
    4. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA)
    Nov 7, 1962 to Aug 25, 2009
    46 years, 9 months, 19 days
    5. Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT)
    Jan 3, 1975 to present
    43 years, 5 months, 16 days
    6. Carl T. Hayden (D-AZ)
    Mar 4, 1927 to Jan 3, 1969
    41 years, 9 months, 30 days
    7. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
    Jan 3, 1977 to present
    41 years, 5 months, 16 days

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 11:52 a.m.

    After Merrick Garland, why anyone gives Hatch any press on his thoughts on the SCOTUS, or anything else, is beyond me.

  • ute alumni Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 11:51 a.m.

    Libs: NEWS FLASH
    Lava sigh will be seated.
    Wonderful person, brilliant mind, good moral track record.
    No wonder why the left hates him.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 11:47 a.m.

    Please remind me of any chaos when Obama nominee David Souter or Sonia Sotomayor were confirmed? That's right, there wasn't any chaos because Democrats only disrupt proceedings when it is a Republican nominee.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 11:41 a.m.

    Interesting complaint from a guy who couldn't be bothered to support even having a hearing for the only Supreme Court nominee Obama got to make while there was GOP control of the Senate. Especially considering that the current process involves most of Kavanaugh's record being sealed away and the portion presented was made available hours before this hearing so that nobody, even with a large staff, could reasonably get through even a quarter of it by now, for a judge that was clearly picked from the list because of his Trump-friendly views on whether presidents can be investigated.

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    Sept. 4, 2018 11:40 a.m.

    Poor Orrin - his party created this chaos with Judge Garland. You reap what you sow.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 11:38 a.m.

    @procuradorfiscal - Sept. 4, 2018 11:26 a.m.
    Re: "Sen. Orrin Hatch decries chaos"

    This is not chaos. Chaos would be a random, grass-roots event. This is not.
    -----
    You're right. AND it is chaos instituted and organized by those on the far right extreme to try to force through a judicial nomination made by an unindicted conspirator in a felony. That alone should have short-circuited this nomination. Sadly it did not.
    =====

    Rather, it's a carefully scripted attempt by the Left to de-legitimize what they know to be a valid and legitimate proffer of a supremely gifted and qualified nominee whose sole "sin" is that he disagrees with their radical minoritarian views.
    -----
    Wrong. This is an attempt by the far right extreme authoritarians to force through a nomination of someone who would protect the equal protection of the law as long as the person claiming that protection was a native-born straight white male. Someone who doesn't recognize that "equal protection of the laws" applies to ALL people, not just white males.
    =====

    On other words -- it's Orwellian mob violence.
    -----

    Correct, and it's Orwellian mob violence by those on the far right extreme of the political spectrum.

  • Cheesecake Beaver, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 11:38 a.m.

    Senator Hatch's own words: "What do you call a Senator who's served in office for 18 years? You call him home."

    Now that he has been in office for more than 40-years (the longest of any senator in history), perhaps it is appropriate to use the word "hypocrisy" to describe his career.

    Oh, one other name that seems relevant here: Merrick Garland.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 11:26 a.m.

    Re: "Sen. Orrin Hatch decries chaos"

    This is not chaos. Chaos would be a random, grass-roots event. This is not.

    Rather, it's a carefully scripted attempt by the Left to de-legitimize what they know to be a valid and legitimate proffer of a supremely gifted and qualified nominee whose sole "sin" is that he disagrees with their radical minoritarian views.

    On other words -- it's Orwellian mob violence.

  • SAS Sandy, UT
    Sept. 4, 2018 11:24 a.m.

    Know who else was a good nominee? Merrick Garland.

    Too bad Hatch never saw him!