"If you walk into my court room and you have the better legal arguments, you will win". The Republicans guiding Kavanaugh know today that they have the votes to ensure his committee endorsement and a narrow majority to win in the full Senate.
It was a textualist judicial philosophy - one seemingly meant to assuage concerns that his confirmation would represent a rightward turn for the nation's high court. Not really, according to Kathleen Clark, a professor of law at Washington University School of Law. In the end Booker concluded that for all of Kavanaugh's protestations of devotion to civil rights - mostly involving his efforts to hire minority law clerks - "your answers don't provide me any comfort".
While judges do, in fact, rely on legal precedent and the text of the Constitution when they decide cases, Clark said, they "filter the precedent through their personal beliefs".
"It may not be on his preference for key lime pie over chocolate, for instance, but it is a personal belief about what the Constitution requires and what regulatory agencies can and cannot do", she said. Kavanaugh is expected to push the court to the right. "He's not being very specific", she said during a break in the proceedings. Grassley, who struggled to maintain order but remained patient, countered that Kavanaugh, 53, has made more documents available for review than the five previous Supreme Court nominees combined.
The last Democrat to question Kavanaugh, Senator Kamala Harris, began with a real-world two-by-four slam, asking him if he had ever discussed the Mueller investigation with members of the law firm representing President Trump.
Tuesday's hearing ended with Kavanaugh's formal introduction and opening remarks.
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of IL asked Kavanaugh if he would seek a delay in his hearing so the paper trail could be vetted.
On this day of bloviating, it was Sen.
What is Kavanaugh's record on abortion? Sasse ripped into his Congressional colleagues for not enacting legislation related to sensitive issues, leaving the Supreme Court to clean up the mess and draw the ire of Americans who don't understand that justices are not political figures.
Kavanaugh refused, as all other Supreme Court judges have before him, to answer hypothetical questions about impeachment. The California senator went on to explore the nominee's attitudes toward the cases that established the constitutional basis for Roe v. Wade - and again Kavanaugh retreated behind a narrow conception of Supreme Court precedents.
Asked about an email list Kozinski allegedly used to send offensive material, Kavanaugh said: "I don't remember anything like that".
"Gosh, we've heard that so often", Durbin replied.
"We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure", a header on the op-ed read.
Trump said he had been watching the hearings and thought the Democrats were "grasping at straws" in questioning the man he chose to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. In reaching this decision, the Court wrote that marriage is part of our right to liberty, explaining that "marriage is essential to our most profound hopes and aspirations".
Democrats have raised objections to both Kavanaugh's record and his nomination process, which they say has been rushed and has lacked transparency.