Sen. John. Kennedy, R-La., said Sunday he’s concerned confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will be as raucous as those for Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Kennedy conceded there’d be little Republicans could do to stop it, however.
“If my Democratic friends want to turn it into an intergalactic freak show, bring back the protestors with the genitalia-shaped headgear, I can’t stop them,” he said.
“I’m going to do my job,” he said. “I think she’s a good nominee, but my job is to advise and consent. I’m going to probe her intellect, her temperament, her judicial philosophy, her character. I’m going to be sure she doesn’t think justices are politicians in robes. I want to be assured she’s not one of these justices that tries to rewrite the constitution to advance a political agenda that the voters won’t accept.”
Kennedy also said he disagrees strongly with Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., that Barrett will vote to overturn Obamacare.
“Sell crazy somewhere else. We’re all stocked up here,” he said. “Unless Debbie is clairvoyant I don’t think she knows how the nominee’s going to vote, or any other member of the United States Supreme Court.”
The senator also defended GOP efforts to speed through a confirmation ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
“As far as I can tell, here’s the rule. When the Democrats are in charge of the process they do what they think is right, consistent with the Constitution,” he said. “When the Republicans are in charge of the process, they do what they think is right.”
“I think that’s what our founders intended, I think our founders intended elections to have consequences and when they send people to Washington of a particular party they expect them to represent their vote,” he said. “That’s been the tradition and the precedent.”
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