FILE - Brett Kavanaugh swearing in 2006

President George W. Bush looks on as Justice Anthony Kennedy swears in Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia during a ceremony Thursday, June 1, 2006, in the Rose Garden. Mrs. Ashley Kavanaugh holds the Holy Bible.

Illinois' senior U.S. Senator says he's wondering what the future will bring with now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court. 

Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin voted against Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the high court. 

But on Saturday, once it was clear that Kavanaugh had enough other votes, Durbin turned his eye to the future. 

MUGSHOT - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois

He wondered what kind of justice Kavanaugh will be. 

"Will he be the soup kitchen volunteer? Or the Federalist Society favorite?" Durbin asked from the floor of the Senate. "Will he be the man who raged at the Clintons, and promised revenge for his ordeal? Or the judge who impressed Sen. Collins as more moderate than any of us on this side of the aisle ever found him?

Durbin also discussed what will become of the national conversation about sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. 

"The fact that this touched a nerve with so many Americans, and particularly with women who have gone through this experience, should put this whole debate in context," Durbin said. "It should not be cheapened or lessened by political charges. We ought to understand the gravity of this debate in light of the cultural change we are now facing in America."

Durbin said he wants to see if Kavanaugh will be as balanced as Republicans have promised, or if he'll be fiery like he was during the Senate confirmation hearings.  


An industry veteran with two decades of experience in media, Benjamin Yount reports on Illinois statewide issues for INN. Yount also hosts Watchdog Radio, a daily radio show on Cities 92.9 in Bloomington/Normal.

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