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Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Actions Committee (CWALAC) joins Laura Ingraham to discuss the latest vicious attack against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Click here to read Penny’s latest op-ed on this topic as featured on USA Today.
Washington, D.C. – Today was the first day of Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing. The morning had a contentious start with interruptions from Democrats and protestors in the audience. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) started by asking for the meeting to be cancelled entirely while Sen. Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) waited his turn to ask for an adjournment. Despite delay tactics, the hearing procreeded, although delayed. The day ended with an opportunity for Kavanaugh to address the committee and introduce his family.
After attending the hearing this afternoon, Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee made the following observation:
“What we witnessed today from the Kavanaugh opposition was more of the same. As they grow more and more frustrated and tired of losing, they continue to pout and scream louder and louder. Despite their cries, the arguments have not changed. The nominee has not changed.
“The Democrats in the committee who acted out because they didn’t get enough documents have already vowed to oppose him. Their minds are made up regardless of the proceedings. Let them vote, “no.” Even the liberal American Bar Association had enough information to give Judge Kavanaugh a unanimous “well qualified” rating which is its highest.
“The complaints of those opposing Kavanaugh are loud and incendiary, but they are simply not persuasive. They bear no resemblance to the nominee’s record.
“Hopefully, tomorrow we’ll get less antics and more substantive discussion about the actual record of the nominee. That is what the American people want and expect from their representatives in the committee.”
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It was a contentious start to the Kavanaugh hearing after Democratic members came ready to disrupt the hearings, not to talk about Judge Kavanaugh’s record. As reported by Kasie Hunt of NBC News, “Democrats plotted coordinated protest strategy over the holiday weekend and all agreed to disrupt and protest the hearing,” she wrote in a tweet.
Democrats plotted coordinated protest strategy over the holiday weekend and all agreed to disrupt and protest the hearing, sources tell me and @frankthorp
Dem leader @chuckschumer led a phone call and committee members are executing now
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) September 4, 2018
Presidential hopefuls Sen. Kamala Harris (D-California) and Sen. Corey Booker (D-New Jersey) led the charge right out of the gate, asking for the meeting to be canceled. They spoke out of order and continued to disrespect every senator there and, frankly, those of us watching.
And they went on and on, whining about how they needed more documents for a nominee they’ve already vowed to oppose. NBC broke the news that Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had led a phone call about the coordinated obstruction and that they were executing it.
The attack was designed to complement the disruption in the gallery of radical leftist groups crying, “Don’t take away my health care.” It was embarrassing to watch.
But this is what we’ve come to expect now from the liberal side. The extremely radical “Women’s March” announced they are committed to disrupting the Kavanaugh hearings “every few minutes.” They are not interested in common sense and dialogue. It doesn’t matter that Judge Kavanaugh’s record does not fit the narrative they are selling. This is all part of their “resistance” to the imagined evil they despise which bears no resemblance to reality.
That is also what we must remember. After all their antics, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who displayed enormous patience throughout the day, was able to get opening statements going, and many were able to address the true aim of the hearings. In his opening statement, Grassley said:
Our legal system’s success is built on judges accepting that their role is limited to deciding cases and controversies. A good judge exercises humility and makes decisions according to the specific facts of the case and according to the law.
A good judge never bases decisions on his preferred policy preferences.
A good judge also has courage, recognizing that we have an independent judiciary to restrain government when it exceeds its lawful authority.
As President Andrew Jackson said, “All the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous Judiciary.”
Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominees are an important opportunity to discuss the appropriate role of judges. As I see it, and I expect many of my colleagues will agree, the role of the judge is to apply the law as written, even if the legal result is not one the judge personally likes.
As Justice Scalia was fond of saying, if a judge always likes the outcomes of cases he decides, he is probably doing something wrong. I don’t want judges who always reach a “liberal” result or a “conservative” result; I want a judge who rules the way the law requires.
Judges must leave the lawmaking to Congress.
The committee took a break after Sen. Ted Cruz’ opening statement (11 opening statements overall). We expect the remaining 10 senators to make their remarks and then for the nominee to be introduced. Finally, we will be able to hear the opening statement from Judge Kavanaugh himself.
May the schemes of the enemy be derailed.
May truth and justice reign.
We thank You for Your involvement and care for us.
Who are we that You are mindful of us?
Help us to be engaged and to support truth and justice
through prayer and action as we help to get Justice Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
We do so, believing he is a man who fears You and will try to be an impartial guardian of justice.
May he do so with humility and honor, always remembering that it is truth that sets us free.
God and Father, we pray for our elected officials,
especially for our senators, as they consider
the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Give them a heart and passion for truth and justice.
Guard their hearts and minds against the schemes
of those who seek to pervert justice and truth.
Give them the courage to rise above partisan politics.
We thank You for the freedoms we have enjoyed for so many years.
We thank you for these senators who are to represent “we the people.”
Guide them in this difficult task.
Help senators to think clearly and justly on this nomination.
Help them to concentrate on Judge Kavanaugh and his record,
instead of the outside forces pressuring them to act for other personal interests.
In the Name of Jesus we pray,
Help all the senators and their teams
as they prepare to tackle this important task.
We ask that it be conducted with grace and dignity,
with respect and compassion.
In faith, we stand confident
that You are in control and will frustrate
the enemy’s plans at every turn.
We pray for miracles in the lives of all involved,
that they may see Your hand at play throughout this process.
We pray specifically for the members of the Judiciary Committee:
Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein of California,
Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont,
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois,
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island,
Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota,
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware,
Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut,
Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii,
Sen. Mike Crapo of Idaho, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey,
Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, and Sen. John Neely Kennedy of Louisiana.
Oh Lord, help us to climb out of this awful pit
we are in where so many of us cannot see the truth.
Indeed, many do not want to see it.
We pray specifically today for the members of our national media.
Give them courage and curiosity.
Give them a thirst for truth and justice.
Send more of your people to shine a light
in this important area.
We thank You for Your mercy towards
our land for so many years.
We thank You for our freedoms.
We thank you for the freedom of the press.
Help us to learn from our past mistakes,
to respond to Your discipline,
and to seek after all that is good
and true and beautiful.
Help the media, as it covers this nomination,
to present truth and to reject the manipulations
from those seeking personal gain
from distorting Judge Kavanaugh’s record.
Our Father in heaven,
we lift up Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his family to You.
Only You can prepare a man for a humanly impossible task,
and that is precisely what Judge Kavanaugh faces.
Protect him and his family. Give them patience
and grace as they face unkindness and outright slander.
Let the vicious attacks of the enemy not touch their hearts and minds.
Let them not grow weary through it all.
We thank You for preparing him for this moment.
We thank You for this merciful opportunity
to see a man committed to justice and truth
appointed to the nation’s highest court.
Give him words of wisdom, clarity of mind,
humility and grace as he gets ready for the hearings.
Precious Lord, we lift up the U.S. Supreme Court before You today.
We pray that Your justice will be the scent that guides
the appetites of every Supreme Court justice.
Stir the hearts of every one of them toward You:
Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justices Clarence Thomas,
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Samuel Alito,
Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Neil Gorsuch,
and, of course, future-Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
We thank You for recent decisions guarding
our religious liberties (may the trend continue!).
Guard the justices and their families against the dark seductions
that come along with the incredible power of the positions they hold.