The first two days of the Kavanaugh hearing have been periodically interrupted by deranged, and I do not use that term lightly, protesters. Why the room has not been cleared of spectators is anyone’s guess. I assume the Democrats, at least initially, welcomed these protests while Republicans doubtless think there is political mileage in having the nation see just how loosely wired the far left tends to be. Confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominees have become increasingly useless over the past thirty years, as the partisan alignments of the parties have hardened, and inquiry into a nominee’s qualifications has descended into endless political posturing. However, at least in theory, this is important work that the elected members of the Senate are about. To allow this work to be interrupted by every fool who wishes to get some vanity air time, some of the protestors were taking selfies, is a debasement of our Republic. The hearing room should be cleared of spectators, and Congress should enact a law making protests in a hearing room during a Congressional hearing a low-level Federal felony. Currently such disruption is a misdemeanor. If people want to engage in this type of street theater at Congressional hearings, a higher price needs to be paid.