Rather than just playing it safe with a broad swath of voters anxious about access to health care and abortion, Democrats now see an opportunity to excite their base by fanning fears that the highest court in the land could turn into a bulwark to protect the man appointing its members. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, on Capitol Hill, July 11, 2018. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Republican, and Sen.
Kavanaugh would join three other justices who served on the D.C. Circuit before relocating to the Supreme Court, less than a mile away. "People are going to start focusing on this with two weeks to go", said former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.
"His outstanding qualifications is going to make very hard for people to vote against him", he said.
"Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's top deputy suggested over the weekend that in evaluating the president's then-unnamed Supreme Court nominee, red state Democrats should prioritize partisan opposition over their own re-election considerations", Benson noted. "But this is all they have left, honestly", Loesch said, calling the rhetoric coming from Democrats "embarrassing".
The thinking is that if either Republican announces her support early, vulnerable Democrats might more easily follow suit, seeing that their vote would not be decisive.
King says that he is continuing to read though hundreds of pages of Kavanaugh's decisions and hopes to meet privately with Kavanaugh before he makes his decision on confirmation.
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Trump's Republicans have a 51-49 Senate majority, enough to confirm Kavanaugh if they stick together.
"For me it's a threshold qualifying question", said Sen.
Bottom line: There's a long way to go in this process, and Collins and Murkowski plan plenty of deep dives into Kavanaugh's written record, not to mention their one-on-one sit downs with him.
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"In selecting Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, President Trump has put reproductive rights and freedoms and health care protections for millions of Americans on the judicial chopping block", he added, as reported by Newsmax.
One key swing vote, Sen. Republican Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are among those on his radar.
The court's liberal justices wouldn't seem to be going anywhere during a Trump presidency if they can help it. Ginsburg, who at 85 is the court's oldest member, has already hired law clerks through June 2020, just four months before the next presidential election. "But nevertheless it's an issue that I certainly will raise with him".
"Since his campaign launched, Trump has repeatedly promised to appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade", the letter continued.
The Democrats' argument on presidential power may not sway Republican senators, but it will resonate with voters, said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster.
"To my Democratic colleagues, I ask no more of you than I ask for myself, use the qualifications standard, having said that, I know most won't", Graham said. "No doubt this approach resonates with the party's donors and its activist wings in NY and California, [b] ut it won't play as well in the red states where the most vulnerable Democratic senators are now fighting for their political lives".
He has ruled on hundreds of cases and contributed to prosecutor Kenneth Starr's report into president Bill Clinton's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, which outlined grounds for Clinton's impeachment.
"Congress might consider a law exempting a President-while in office-from criminal prosecution and investigation, including from questioning by criminal prosecutors or defense counsel", he wrote. The President's job is hard enough as is.
Senator Charles Grassley believes President Trump's supreme court nominee is well qualified for the job and critics will have trouble preventing his quick confirmation.