Kavanaugh in Court
Whether they were in the library, a classroom, or simply in a huddle in the Student Center, it seemed that almost all of Packer on the 27th and 28th of September, 2018 had no other focus than Brett Kavanaugh’s judiciary hearing. Even when students could not watch, it seemed to be on the forefronts of their minds, and at the center of their discussions.
The 27th commenced with Christine Blasey Ford taking the stand, and being questioned by the committee. Her testimony included her recounting the night and how the weeks since her stepping forward have affected her. Many felt moved by her composure and eloquence as she responded to dozens of questions. The nature of said questions ranged from asking for more details from the night in question, as well as some trying to poke holes in her story.
No element of her life was spared from the questioning, with everything from her fear of flying to her political motivations being probed. “I’m an independent person and I am no one’s pawn. It is not my responsibility to determine whether Mr. Kavanaugh deserves to sit on the Supreme Court. My responsibility is to tell [the committee] the truth,” said Ford.
After Ford, Kavanaugh took to the stand. In his opening statement, he denied Ford’s allegations, and also made the claim that “This whole two week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election.”
While it was no doubt not the only opinion felt by Packer students, it seemed that the majority felt upset by Kavanaugh’s questioning and left even more enraged than before the questioning had begun. Many felt upset to witness the way he struggled to keep his composure throughout the hearing, and felt the questions he received were more lenient than they should have been.
“It made me uncomfortable to hear Ford describe Kavanaugh the way she did. That’s not what a Supreme Court justice should be. What you think about when you think about a Supreme Court Justice is someone who is respectful and kind. Brett Kavanaugh is clearly not that,” said Sebastian Alias (‘20) about how the hearing left him feeling.
The hearing concluded with a vote 11-10 in favor of Kavanaugh’s confirmation being brought to the Senate floor. Among those who voted yes was Jeff Flake who said that unless an FBI investigation was conducted he would not vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
Since the hearing, an FBI investigation has commenced which is set to conclude on Friday, September 5th. It is clear that all eyes, both within the walls of Packer and out, are glued to Kavanaugh’s case. Regardless of the opinions of Kavanaugh’s spectators, it seems everyone is left with a sense of dread and a fear for what’s to come next.