Hatch, Lee rip Democrats' 'theatrics,' predict Kavanaugh confirmation

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  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 5:33 p.m.

    Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Liz Warren ALL thought they would use their questioning to campaign for President in 2020.

    It didn't work. If anything, the dems LOST support for the upcoming midterms, and basically ruined Booker's, Harris', and Warren's chances to be nominated for anything resembling President.

    At this point; who is going to run against Trump in 2020?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 4:40 p.m.

    I also predict a Kavanaugh confirmation.

    However, didn't I see Mr. Lee having a banal, almost stupid conversation with Kavanaugh on national tv? Don't tell us the theatrics are all on the Democrats.

    We may be stuck with Kavanaugh. We can get rid of lee and hatch. And we should.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    Sept. 11, 2018 11:54 a.m.

    @Steve C. Warren;

    Not sure if you were being sarcastic or not, since Republicans never even gave Garland a hearing where questions could have been asked...

    (p.s. thanks for your subsequent clarification).

    @Bobby joe;

    Why is forcing someone to spend 9 months of their life as an incubator when they don't wish to be an incubator okay for Republicans?

    @Alexander the Great;

    It is truly barbaric to require of someone else what you're not willing to do yourself. It is truly barbaric to require a child be born and then remove all support for the family it is born into. Republicans have demonstrated that they certainly are the party of barbarism.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Sept. 10, 2018 9:07 a.m.

    Hatch should go away...he is the KING of political theatrics...and obstruction.

  • Sportsfan123 Herriman, UT
    Sept. 10, 2018 1:29 a.m.

    Wgirl

    I dont think anyone would disagree that terminating a pregnancy to save the life of the mother or in the case of rape or incest, however it is statistically fact that 98% of abortions are elective without those cicumstances. Basically people are having abortions as a form of birth control and that is wrong.

    Rationalizing abortion based on political points like "not assuming everyone is evil who wants an abortion", or we dont have a right tell a woman what she can do with her body, that is between that woman and her doctor. That is about as rediculous as saying we dont have a right to tell someone who is mentally unstable they dont have a 2nd amendment right to own a gun.

    As said poster stated, it is never right to kill.

    Said poster stated we need to do more to hold men accountable who father these babies. Thats simple, its called marriage, any adult male or female engaging in unprotected sex out of marriage doesnt have the right to kill their unborn baby, they need to be held accountable to, but to continue abortion unfettered just contributes to societal degridation. The moral thing to do is to use protection or abstain until marriage.

  • wgirl Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 2:42 p.m.

    @Bobby Jo

    Nope, not accusing anyone of being pro-gun.

    Just making the point - we don't outlaw gun ownership because some people are cruel and terrible and use them to kill. Killing is obviously wrong, but we don't assume that everyone that owns a gun or is pro-gun is a person who enjoys killing people.

    We should not outlaw abortion - a medical procedure - because some people are cruel and irresponsible. Killing is obviously wrong, but we can't assume that everyone that needs an abortion or believes that the procedure should be legal, enjoys killing babies.

    I've never had one, but I've known women that have. It was always their last option, always done in desperation, and in one case saved the life of a young mother.

    There are ways we could reduce the abortion rate; increase the availability of birth control - heck, give it away and cover any birth control procedure, including vasectomies, %100 - free of cost for any reason. Single women with children are the most impoverished group of people in America, we need to increased accountability for the fathers of these babies and increased aide - birth through college - for the moms and children.

  • PHQ Sandy, UT
    Sept. 9, 2018 8:47 a.m.

    We should all be embarrassed. Republican and Democrats it is disgusting how they play games istead of solving problems.
    We need to vote them all out every year. Maybe they would learn that we are sick of them never accomplishing anything that we the people need.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:27 p.m.

    The behavior of both parties is inexcusable. What the Republicans did to Merrick Garland, who was a very competent and qualified judge was terrible - just to spite the Dems and Obama. But, what the Dems are doing to take an even lower road is inexcusable as well. Disgusted with both parties. We need other options. Neither party even knows anymore what taking the higher road means or looks like. Makes me so sad for our country.

  • Bobby joe SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 7:17 p.m.

    @ wgirl

    I am with you when the life of mother is in danger. To me that’s just common sense. But I think way too often, the life of mother is not in danger.

    And the school shooting thing... yes that’s a problem. It’s the person shooting that is the problem. They may be republicans or Democrats that pull the trigger. It is a tragedy when there is one. And before you might accuse me of pro gun.... I don’t even, nor have never owned one.

  • G-Day-M8 Where is Waldo, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 1:45 p.m.

    @ ConservativeCommonTater -

    'Lee asks why Democrats would go to "such embarrassing" lengths to stop Kavanaugh."

    "Hatch wants to make sure Trump has a defense attorney on his side that is also one of the Supremes to prevent Trump from being impeached."

    It's not surprising, and oh so embarrassing, that those who oppose Judge kavanaugh, are also ignorant of the separation of powers, that make the Constitution such a wonderful document. One only needs to read the Constitution to know the judiciary does not and cannot impeach the President. They have nothing to do with, nor any power whatsoever to impeach or convict the President.

    I'm happy to know judge Kavanaugh is a constitutional originalist. He is an expert, experienced, appellate judge, exceptionally qualified to uphold the constitution, and to protect every citizens liberty, soundly enshrined in the law.

  • Sportsfan123 Herriman, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 1:39 p.m.

    What is sad is that grown adults who are in control of our government behave like this, repub or dem, doesnt matter.

    We have a problematic govt with so many seeking political power because wealth comes with it.

    We have to get rid of the lobbying aspect of this govt, the only people who actually have a say in politics are the people with the money, and to point out why this is a problem its because the people with the money are not the politicians and law makers.

    The politicians and law makers who'm we duly elect are nothing but pawns used by the wealthy corporations and individuals to make laws that benefit them, the american people is an after thought.

    You have to ask yourself why the democrats said no to trump when he offered a pathway to citizenship for daca recipients - the dems dont want a resolution to the daca problem or the illegal alien problem because that is what they run on to get elected, or else they would have solved it when they had control of congress when Obama was in office.

    Having a conservative scotus threatens the very political platform dems run on, if they cant get elected they dont get rich off of lobbyist money.

    Its time to wake up america.

  • Alexander the Great Springville, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 1:27 p.m.

    @Bobby joe:
    "Why is abortion so good to Dems? Why do they like killing the unborn? When is stopping a life from living a good thing?"

    It takes a child maybe 18 years after being born to be old enough to vote. Democrats need voter constituency right away. that's why they've turned to supporting illegal immigration to build their voter base.

    "We must be one of the most barbaric countries in the world."

    True... and especially when partial birth abortion is legal.

    "Maybe if they ... choose not the behavior to begin with, that is their choice..."

    You wanna take all the fun outta life?

  • wgirl Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 1:21 p.m.

    @Bobby Jo asks: "Why is abortion so good to Dems? Why do they like killing the unborn?"

    I'm not a Democrat, but I know quite a few, and I can assure you that they don't think abortion is "good" and they certainly don't "like" killing the unborn.

    They don't like abortion any more than Republicans "like" school shootings and like mass murdering people, just because they believe that people should have a right to own a gun.

    There might be a few women out there that just love having abortions...but I can assure you that for the vast majority of women - an abortion is a devastating experience. It is almost always done out of desperation. Do you think these women deserve to die?

    A relative nearly died waiting for bureaucrats in Salt Lake to "approve" of her aborting her pregnancy after it was discovered that she had a rare complication that was killing her, and that her baby was not viable outside the womb. She and her husband, with their Bishop and family, agreed it was better for her to live than to leave her other children motherless. She had a c-section, which medically speaking, was a late-term abortion.

    We can't always judge the hearts of others. Why assume the worst?

  • Rocket Science Brigham City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 1:07 p.m.

    Senator Lee is absolutely correct:

    ". . . judges have become far too willing to interpret the law based on their policy preferences, not what the law actually says. We need judges that respect the founding principles of federalism and separation of powers. Because if judges were to rediscover these principles, then the Supreme Court would not be as powerful as it is today, and our nation would be less divisive,"

    Judge Kavanaugh would be such a judge, no wonder the far left freaks out know he will be confirmed.

  • utahfisher Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 11:44 a.m.

    Senator Lee...thank you for understanding the Constitution and being a bold voice in defending it amongst all the circus that is congress. Senator Hatch...thank you for your long overdue retirement.

  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 10:55 a.m.

    Based on several responses, my previous post may have been a little too tongue-in-cheek. When I praised Hatch and Lee for their behavior during the Merrick Garland hearings, I knew that NO hearings were held for Garland and that Hatch, Lee and other Senate Republicans were entirely to blame. In other words, for Hatch and Lee to complain about the Democrats' behavior in the Kavanaugh hearings is total hypocrisy.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Sept. 8, 2018 10:23 a.m.

    @marxist

    A specious and unsubstantiated claim that Judge Kavanaugh lied about the stolen emails.

    I would like to see you prove that.

    Thanks.

  • Frank Montoya Jr Providence, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 10:19 a.m.

    All politics is theatre. The senate's longest serving member knows that better than most. He even celebrated a great friendship with one of that body's greatest actors. The late Teddy Kennedy. What's ironic (and sad) is senators like Hatch and Lee will praise an inarticulate bumbler like Trump for playing a role, but then slam their more artful democratic colleagues for doing the same thing.

    And Hatch shouldn't be knocking Spartacus. His office tweeted yesterday that he knew the guy. But I suppose it's just another sign of our times.

  • P Bundy Albuquerque, NM
    Sept. 8, 2018 10:03 a.m.

    So, Hatch and Lee "predict" he will be confrimed. Since it only takes a simple majority of a GOP controlled Senate, this isn't saying much.

  • migraine Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:47 a.m.

    So the same Republican senators that refused for 1 year to meet with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland or to do their job and vote him up/down, and the same Republican senators that took away the filibuster so that their narrow 51-vote group could appoint nominees unpalatable to the other side, now claim to have rediscovered "principles" because Democrats so rudely pointed out the ridiculousness of it all.

    Modern Republican morality is not the Republican party of your childhood. Trump's Republican cheerleaders seem happy to sit in silent support of a never-ending stream of awful new "principles": payoffs to a constant parade of Playboy/porn stars, corrupt emoluments payoffs from foreign governments, family-hiring nepotism, deficit-exploding tax cuts for billionaires, dog-whistle racist or nativist immigrant-bashing, and on & on.

    No principles, no morality, just a hypocritical veneer is all we get from Republicans anymore. Merrick Garland was a decent man, too, but Republicans including Hatch & Lee hardly showed him the civility they suddenly expect for Kavanaugh.

  • Bobby joe SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:45 a.m.

    Why is abortion so good to Dems? Why do they like killing the unborn? When is stopping a life from living a good thing? We must be one of the most barbaric countries in the world. Oh yeah, I get it now, it’s “women’s rights” uh huh. Wow, Good try. Maybe if they (and men who assist for abortions) choose not the behavior to begin with, that is their choice, not killing and stopping the innocent life. Before you comment, I know I’ll be labeled mean, judgmental, etc. blah blah blah. Actually, it’s you being mean by stopping a life.

  • SIMPLICITY Denver, CO
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:30 a.m.

    I may need to create a safe space in my house and at work to deal with his confirmation...

  • Thimk Preston, ID
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:13 a.m.

    At least Kavanaugh had a chance to be grilled.

  • ConservativeCommonTater Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:12 a.m.

    'Lee asks why Democrats would go to "such embarrassing" lengths to stop Kavanaugh."

    I would also ask why Republicans go to such embarrassing lengths to support Kavanagh...oh yeah, Hatch wants to make sure the Supremes say the president can't be forced to testify. Hatch wants to make sure Trump has a defense attorney on his side that is also one of the Supremes to prevent Trump from being impeached.

    Harris tried to pin down Kavanaugh about a conversation she believed he had about the Mueller investigation with a lawyer at Kasowitz Benson Torres, the law firm founded by President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz. Kavanaugh said he didn't talk to anyone at the firm about that.

    It's funny how someone as intelligent as Kavanagh couldn't understand a simple yes or no question about whether he ever spoke with anyone at Trump's personal lawyer's office about the Mueller investigation. He bobbed and weaved, but finally got pinned down to answering NO to the question. Now, if it turns out that he didn't tell the truth, he would be lying under oath.

    We might be able to drain the swamp after all.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 9:10 a.m.

    Asking intelligent questions and raising legitimate concerns about a nominee is the duty of the senate. Making false claims and misstatements as many of the Democratic senators did makes the senate look foolish. Thus far Sens. Feinstein, Booker and Harris have only confirmed that Kavanaugh will bring a voice of reason to the SCOTUS.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 8:51 a.m.

    @Misseleer "Trump is guilty of nothing but exposing the communist who are among us and have no respect for law and order or our Country. Treason by citizens who think they can take a knee in protest are attacking freedom and civil liberties that communist despise. "

    A very dangerous comment. Trump thinks his staff leaker is a traitor. For Trump and his followers (like you) anyone who opposes him is guilty of treason. The longer Trump stays in power the more likely people like me who oppose him will face imprisonment and even execution. The fascist beast is loose in this country. We've seen this before.

  • dmcvey Los Angeles, CA
    Sept. 8, 2018 8:46 a.m.

    Of course he will be confirmed but the Democrats are right to make a big deal out of the questionable and unethical way the Republicans have handled this. Kavanaugh will be a justice but, like Thomas, a justice with questionable judgement.

  • PHQ Sandy, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 8:41 a.m.

    Senator Lee has no business ridiculing them! I watched him walk over and shake Cory Bookers hand in support of his "Spartacus moment ". Lee is a big part of the swamp and needs to be voted out!

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Sept. 8, 2018 8:29 a.m.

    Too bad Elizabeth Warren wasn't there to demonstrate that she, too, along with Corey Booker and Kamala Harris are "unfit" to be President.

    No wonder Congress has such a low approval rating.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 8:29 a.m.

    @Steven C Warren "... because neither Utah senator behaved this badly during the hearings for Merrick Garland. "

    Huh? They didn't grant him hearings, which behavior was high handed and despicable.

    Your remarks are a reflexive fabrication.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 8:25 a.m.

    Well, since Kavanaugh is a shoe in while, like all potential justice appointments, having avoided answering almost any and all questions, and Garland should be but is not a justice, let's have some fun with it.
    The process is sort of a mockery as it is at best.
    So, good senators, get off your high horse. Yours is the party of trump, and you both seem OK with it.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 8:19 a.m.

    The most recent documents revealing Kavanaugh (apparent) perjury about his knowledge of stolen emails is something that should be looked at more closely.

    Politicians lie all the time, but for any judge to be caught (apparently) lying when solid proof contradicts them is a serious issue.

    For a Supreme Court justice to have been this careless with a basic, discoverable fact is something I think even Republicans should be concerned about.

  • Justiciaparatodos Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 8:20 a.m.

    Judge Kavanaugh will be an outstanding justice of the supreme court. With a majority of conservatives on the court it looks favorable for our 2nd Amendment rights to be protected for a long time (i.e., our gun rights). I think there is a possibility the court will at some point support states having their own right to determine the status of Roe v. Wade (in other words each state can determine if abortions are legal).

    Finally, the way most of the democrat senators behaved in the hearing sounded a clarion call to Americans to vote for more republicans. Who in their right mind would want our congress to be turned over to a majority of those hooligans?

  • StateTheFacts Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 8:12 a.m.

    Writers on this post today forget, 'elections have consequences' -- this time the R's put forth an extremely qualified Jurist. However, both sides of the committee had their theatrical moments, maybe the Spartacus moment takes the cake. However, what we learned from Mr. Kavanaugh, for the most part, was indeed nothing short of brilliance. Truly amazed at his recall, articulation and emotional balance. One high-point, Mr. Kavanaugh's repeated endorsement and praise for Judge Merritt Garlard. The political cycle will repeat and hopefully we'll see Judge Garland again for a Supreme Court nominee. In my opinion, the Supreme Court is solid--in good hands with all current 8-Justices and soon to be 9. They are extremely qualified legal minds! Let's set aside and move past the silly games and personalities from both the Rs and Ds, including the strange antics coming from the WH.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 7:46 a.m.

    Hatch and Lee. The Trump enablers. Today, they showed Hatch's theatrics when he questioned Anita Hill. Most members of his own party were embarrassed for him.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Sept. 8, 2018 7:43 a.m.

    Re: "Hatch, Lee rip Democrats' 'theatrics,'"

    Democrats vs Republicans

    Theatrics vs Corruption and Treason

    Gosh . . . Which is worse?

    --------------

    Hey Harrison Bergeron -

    Re: "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

    You're projecting again Harrison. That quote best describes Fire-and-Fury Trump . . . Not Booker.

    "I am the world's greatest person . . . " - DJT

    And in a few years, Trump will be the world's greatest person who ever served a long prison sentence in a federal facility.

    Good times ahead!!

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 7:18 a.m.

    Didn’t senators Hatch and Lee both disregard their constitutional duties and deny a hearing for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland?

    They both seem to pick and choose what part of the constitution they will abide by. Their man Trump is quickly destroying the country and they worry about the democrat’s questions at a hearing.

  • Avnett Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 7:15 a.m.

    Justice Kavanaugh is a good man with an impeccable record of morality, character and integrity, rare in DC. In the past weeks, the Democrats have dug deep to find anything from his past which they could expand on and twist..anything. They came up with nothing.

    Before the hearing even began, Democrat plants began a childlike choreographed disruption continuing only downhill over the next four days. They turned the hearing into a circus, shamelessly embarrassing their party.

    Booker and Harris heaped disgrace upon themselves and upon their representative states, New Jersey and California and sadly, Cory Booker's presidential aspirations went from hopeless to non existent.

    Democrats continue to believe average citizens are ignorant and empty headed. That we don't recognize their hypocrisy. They were wrong in 2016 and they are wrong today. Both parties could benefit from jettisoning their pride, self aggrandizement, and corruption and following the example of good men like Brett Kavanaugh.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 7:00 a.m.

    Kavanaugh will likely be a relatively decent Associate Justice. My concerns about him are simple and despite Hatch and Lee's own theatrics easy to understand.

    1. He will support a self pardon by Trump if it happens. I do not believe that the intent of our nation's founders was that a president could commit a crime then pardon himself. I also do not see the Republican Party being willing to impeach Trump for any reason. He could, as he said, literally shoot some one in Times Square in the middle of the day and suffer no consequences. Party first is the viewpoint of both parties. Country is a far distant 4th or 5th.

    2. Kavanaugh appears to have lied under oath. This could hang over him for many years. If/when the Democrats return to power they may out of retribution simply hold hearings, and impeach, then remove Kavanaugh from office. It would be a disaster for the country and could well provoke a constitutional crisis the likes of which we have never seen.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Sept. 8, 2018 6:57 a.m.

    Demonstrated to me that Corey Booker and Kamala Harris are "unfit" for the Presidency. If only Elizabeth Warren had been there.

    No wonder Congress has such a low approval rating.

    🤗

  • Mick , 00
    Sept. 8, 2018 6:18 a.m.

    And the Academy Award goes to.....................Corey Booker!

  • ute alumni Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 5:43 a.m.

    Libs number one concern is abortion. What kind of a country have we become!

  • Copybook Headings Draper, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 5:31 a.m.

    Kavanagh will become a SC Justice because of precedents set by Biden, Schumer, and Reid. It's really that simple and to call it unfair is risible. And yet Democrats embarrass themselves once again by doing exactly that. Why am I not surprised?

  • KrankyFrank Draper, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 4:20 a.m.

    During an interview, Ronald Reagan was asked a question similar to those asked by these Democrats. “It is easy to criticize, tough to create”. Shameful that our great country is being run by those without ideas for improvement.

    The USA is the greatest country in the world, however, it is being run by a bunch of bullies. If this were a high school class, several of them would be spending time with the principal.

    We face serious problems in the country. Our time could better be spent, solving problems rather than beating them to death. Those who create, improve, think outside the box should be commended not demeaned.

    As the song titled “One of Us” (New Politics) portrays, work both sides of the aisle-we are in this together. Involve each other to bring solutions. Another Reagan quote “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone”.

    Each of us, black, white, brown, democrat or republican- work together and address the burdens we all face. Federal deficit, increase in suicides, relieving tax burdens, affordable healthcare, privatizing social security (legalized ponzi scheme), etc. Do the job you campaigned for- more action, less reaction.

  • Misseleer71 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 3:15 a.m.

    Trump is not guilty of anything but destroying the Washington political machine trying to control every branch of the government, Administrative, judicial, and legislative branches. I for one can now see the reason our forefathers and creators of this form of government and dividing its powers so the DOJ and FBI cannot do what they have been doing.
    The democrats have infiltrated the DOJ and FBI with spies and assassins to destroy any president who dares challenge the democrat spy agency.

    Refuting Kavanaugh was just an example of the democrat party's treason in trying to poison the hearing with laws and court decisions on court policy's that have been ruled corruptible and removed. Trump is guilty of nothing but exposing the communist who are among us and have no respect for law and order or our Country. Treason by citizens who think they can take a knee in protest are attacking freedom and civil liberties that communist despise. Taking a knee and free speech is a right but when free speech and actions contradict the Constitution and our government its called treason, a crime publishable by death or expulsion from this country losing citizenship forever.

  • Bob K Davis, CA
    Sept. 8, 2018 2:06 a.m.

    Dennis and I watched different hearings -- or maybe we wore different glasses, or we had our bread buttered in two different places. I certainly found less merit in your Senators than has been expressed here.

    I saw Democrats quite rightly poking at Kavanaugh to prove whether he was chosen because he favors positions Trump and Pence need to keep their promises, or because he was the best candidate. He certainly seemed mentally outclassed by Kamala Harris.

    If you did not notice how carefully He avoided answering questions by asking questions back, watch it again. This did not seem like a Supreme Court Justice.

    Manners? I heard Mike Lee refer to Sen Harris as "she" -- a complete violation of Senate Etiquette.

  • JGDouble Eagle Mountain, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 2:03 a.m.

    Steve, you're joking right? The reason they didn't ask Garland any tough questions at his hearing is because the GOP, including Hatch and Lee, refused to even hold one for over a YEAR. Now they have the audacity to talk about theatrics? Give me a Break.

  • DarthMaul Vernal, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 1:36 a.m.

    A never-ending story as always between the two major parties battling each other.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 1:27 a.m.

    Steve C. Warren - WEST VALLEY CITY, UT, you said the following: "Hatch and Lee have earned the right to criticize the Democrats because neither Utah senator behaved this badly during the hearings for Merrick Garland. They did not ask Garland a single question that could be deemed unfair or hypocritical."

    You do know that there was never any hearings that hatch and lee could have asked questions. You did your research about those hearings that never happened didn't you? Like to see the transcript of these supposed hearings? Can you provide a link to that please?

    They stalled and refused to have hearings, so your statement that they were well behaved in Merrick's "hearings" is bogus.

    Hearings never happened due to Hatch and Lee stalling. They are truly hypocrites in the extreme. Hatch continues to embarrass his legacy with these easily researched rants and raves that he has spewed out. I guess supporters and even Hatch forget history, or make it up. Right?

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 1:21 a.m.

    BTW Kavanaugh lied about his exposure to the stolen demo documents.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 1:04 a.m.

    Hey Steven c Warren our two senators along with rest of the Republican cabal didn't ask ANY questions of Garland because they DENIED him a hearing. Your observation is pure fabrication.

  • oldbasketball Draper, UT
    Sept. 8, 2018 12:51 a.m.

    I'm not a fan of Hatch, but for once, he was right. And supposedly some of these fools want to run for president. Well, they failed the audition.

  • wrz Springville, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 11:25 p.m.

    Of course Kavanaugh will get elected to the US Supreme Court, as he deserves. Now, all we need id for Ruth Bader Ginsberg to retire before Trump's term in the White House is over. She's somewhere around 85 and should have retired years ago.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Sept. 7, 2018 11:25 p.m.

    The Democrat party have no real goals nor does it have anything to offer. It's only goal is to obstruct everything.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 11:17 p.m.

    The republicans have the votes... it’s a done deal

    Trump won... its over Dems

    The court will reign in liberal excesses for the next 40 years

  • Steve C. Warren WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 10:57 p.m.

    Hatch and Lee have earned the right to criticize the Democrats because neither Utah senator behaved this badly during the hearings for Merrick Garland. They did not ask Garland a single question that could be deemed unfair or hypocritical. Utahns should be proud to have such noble men serving them, men that are fair and who do not engage in hypocrisy. I am not wearing a shirt with buttons at the moment, but if my shirt did have buttons, they would pop with pride that these men represent me. Patriots.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 10:30 p.m.

    Theatrics...

    For 8 years the republican theatrics never stopped.

    Now that there is an unindicted co-conspirator republican occupying the WH, the theatrics continue unabated.

    hatch and lee should revisit the republican theatrics 2008 through 2016 as well as the last 2 years before they start lecturing anyone regarding theatrics.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 10:10 p.m.

    Of course, nothing during the Kavanaugh hearings was nearly as theatrical as Orrin Hatch’s refusal to consider Merrick Garland.

  • Chessermesser West Valley City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 8:32 p.m.

    It was embarrassing watching some of Democratic questioning. There was anger in the voice and stupidity in the issues, which mostly had nothing to do with Kavanaugh’s qualifications. Sometimes it was like they were hunting for his role in some great conspiracy. Other times they kept asking the same question, to which he would answer, then they would tell him that wasn’t the answer and answer for him. The worst was when they went on and on about a political ax they wanted to grind, as if they were lecturing the nation, and then with all this staging, ask him something not related to their boring monologues.

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 6:39 p.m.

    The left should not fear brains on the court, such as Roberts, Alito, Gorsuch and soon to be Kavanaugh. Roberts upheld Affordable Care Act, as he should have, because 5 justices should never overturn an election by the people, and then when Mr. Obama was re-elected, Mr. Roberts and Kennedy again were brilliant in supporting it and upholding it again, though Kennedy didn't the first time in 2012. The above justices are the greatest help to the poor, and to freedom and peace and happiness. Personal responsibility and community are beautiful notions. Justice Ginsburg has said in last decade Roe V Wade should have been allowed to be states issue at first, and not 5 justices pushing it through at federal level. She supports it, just should have taken time and patience to reach divisive issue. And of course, nobody is saying a lady should go to jail for this, so again, the left should relax.

  • DaveWY Afton, WY
    Sept. 7, 2018 5:54 p.m.

    The theatrics and staged protests seemed to stoop to new lows. No wonder America is getting fed up with politics in Washington.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    Sept. 7, 2018 5:38 p.m.

    Booker is never going to live down the "I am Spartacus!" moment. Everyone in the room was wondering if the Capitol Police were going to come grab him like the other rabble-rousers. I think Shakespeare, the master of theater would have said about his performance: "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."