Washington Jewish Week: Right sees hope in Kavanaugh confirmation

September 7, 2018

Liberals have mobilized in opposition to Kavanaugh. The Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) is urging supporters to call senators and voice opposition to Kavanaugh. But even if Democrats unanimously oppose his confirmation — which is far from a given — they still need two Republicans to join them. Most observers think their only hope is that Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ark.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) will withhold support.

Halie Soifer, the JDCA’s executive director, said Republicans haven’t been transparent enough, moving forward with hearings before all documents from Kavanaugh’s time in the George W. Bush White House can be reviewed.

“As a former Senate staffer, I’m deeply familiar with the Senate. It’s going to be a very close vote,” Soifer said. “It’s going to come down to one or two senators. And certainly, a nomination of this importance, a Supreme Court justice, a lifetime appointment, the process should be incredibly transparent and the documents should be available and every senator should have the opportunity to make a fully-informed decision.”