Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee clearly have no desire to see Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings proceed in a professional manner; before the man even introduced himself at Tuesday morning's kickoff, Democrats had managed to interrupt proceedings more than 40 times, move for adjournment, harass each other, and encourage protests, apparently all part of a Sen. Chuck Schumer-organized "demonstration."
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-NE), the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tried to get the meeting off to a quick start, but was interrupted within the first minute by Democrats suggesting the meeting be adjourned so that they could study several thousand Kavanaugh-related documents released Tuesday morning.
When that measure failed, they took to simply shouting, sometimes over each other.
WATCH: Sens. Harris, Klobuchar and Blumenthal interject as Sen. Grassley attempts to begin SCOTUS nominee Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing pic.twitter.com/fPowXWbMl3— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 4, 2018
The main culprits are, of course, prospective 2020 Presidential candidates Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Cory Booker (D-NJ), both of whom released fundraising emails to coincide with their "sudden" and "off the cuff" opposition to the nomination process.
Soon, other senators joined the fracas, racking up an astounding 44 interruptions in just under 40 minutes.
INTERRUPTIONS SO FAR:— Alyssa E. Hackbarth (@AlyssaEinDC) September 4, 2018
Blumenthal, Richard 13
Booker, Cory 10
Harris, Kamala 8
Hirono, Mazie 6
Klobuchar, Amy 3
Whitehouse, Sheldon 2
Leahy, Patrick 1
Coons, Christopher 1
By the time the first hour had passed, Democrats had interrupted Grassley — and Kavanaugh, himself, who barely got to make an introduction before being derailed — more than 50 times.
The interruptions were all reportedly part of a plan, concocted by Senate Minority Leader Schumer (D-NY), to ... well, the why doesn't seem entirely clear.
Democrats plotted coordinated protest strategy over the holiday weekend and all agreed to disrupt and protest the hearing, sources tell me and @frankthorp— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) September 4, 2018
Dem leader @chuckschumer led a phone call and committee members are executing now
No Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are seriously considering voting for Kavanaugh just ahead of mid-term elections — not that they'd need to, since there are more than enough votes to pass Kavanaugh's nomination to the Senate floor. So mostly, it seems, Schumer and his ilk were making a point for the cameras, not unlike the protesters who gathered outside the Senate hearing room dressed as Handmaids.