#RejectKavanaugh

This is a plea for phone warriors to barrage the Senate with calls to object to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). Each voter has two senators who represent their state. If you do not know your senators’ names, that’s okay. Simply call the switchboard and provide them with your zip code, and they will be able to tell you the names of your senators.

The telephone number to call is: 202 – 224 – 3121

You do not need to tell them anything other than you are calling to encourage your senator to Reject Kavanaugh as a nominee to the Supreme Court.

The reasons for this plea are numerous.

  • Remember Merrick Garland? Nominated by President Obama in March, 2016, then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to hold hearings because there was an election (in 8 months). The last time a Democratic president had made a nomination to a Republican held Senate was in 1895. There was no precedent for such an action since around the Civil War and Reconstruction era.

    Democrats wrongly believed Clinton would win the presidency.(1) What did Mitch McConnell know that gave him the confidence to take such a drastic step when the Republican candidate was Trump? No one believed he would win. What did McConnell know?

  • The Trump administration has exerted executive privilege to deny the Senate access to an estimated 100,000 documents that Kavanaugh processed during his time on George W. Bush’s staff. The documents being held are reported to contain information about frank discussions regarding various previous SCOTUS potential nominees. If released, they would provide insights as to the criteria a former Republican president and staff considered important for their SCOTUS nominees.(2)

    An important feature one hopes to find in Supreme Court appointees is the ability to deliberate each case on the merits of both precedent and the facts pertaining to the specific case before them. Should a candidate be too committed to specific causes, whether on the right or the left of the political ideological spectrum, then the fairness of judicial decisions would become suspect. If senators are not allowed access to information that previously would not have been denied, what, specifically would be learned from those documents being withheld? Would those documents demonstrate biases held by Kavanaugh that would affect his decisions as a justice on the court?

SOURCES:
NPR. What Happened with Merrick Garland in 2016 and Why It Matters Now. Accessed 03 September 2018.
New York Times.White House Withholds 100,000 Pages of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Records. Accessed 03 September 2018.
A version of this article appears in print on Sept. 2, 2018, on Page A19 of the New York edition with the headline: Executive Privilege Is Cited to Keep Records Sealed.