Schumer's war on Kavanaugh confirmation courts disaster for Dems

Hero or villain? Trump's court pick is in for a fight

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said today that if any Republicans break ranks on the Supreme Court nomination of federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh, he doesn't expect any endangered Democrats to cross over and vote for confirmation.

Not to be outdone, Maryland's junior U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen says Kavanaugh on the court represents a vote for "king-like powers for the president of the United States". But barring some previously unreported damning information on Kavanaugh coming out, President Trump's nominee will be confirmed, and should be. Manchin has. But Donnelly echoed Manchin when he said, "I work for the people of IN and I want them to have a voice IN this".

To hear Republicans tell it, Brett Kavanaugh is a skilled and well-respected judge who reveres the Constitution.

It will be too hard to explain to Democratic voters why they cast the votes that confirmed a nominee too "radical" for Susan Collins, and a nominee who will move the Supreme Court to the right. She said Kozinski fondled her in a auto after an event in the mid-1980s and invited her to go to a motel and have sex.

So far, centrist Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Sen.

While one national political analyst said McCain, who has been in Arizona since late previous year battling brain cancer, may be willing to give up his seat if it would help Kavanaugh be confirmed, another Arizona lawmaker has different thoughts.

"Voting against Kavanaugh could very well give their Republican challengers the support they need to vote them out of office", he said. They warn that Kavanaugh could be part of decisions that roll back women's access to abortion and undo aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Democrats have had an advantage in enthusiasm over the past year, but a high court fight could offset that advantage, producing larger Republican Senate gains in November and possibly minimizing Democratic gains in the House. They won't pay much of a price if they end up as the 51st, 52nd and 53rd votes confirming Trump's nominee, adding a bipartisan veneer to the final vote.


There has been no one with experience in elected office since O'Connor, who had been a state senator and judge in Arizona.

Gupta argued that the president made his choice with his legal troubles in mind and that someone like Kavanaugh would eventually protect him against Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between Trump's 2016 election campaign and the Russians.

The problem isn't Obama or Trump per se; it is an executive branch that increasingly exceeds the constitutional limits of its power, and usurps that of Congress.

If confirmed, how do you think Judge Kavanaugh's appointment will affect the ideological balance of the court?

The second set will target the three Democrats who voted for Gorsuch - Heidi Heitkamp, of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

According to the Daily Caller, it was a passerby that spotted the Supreme Court nominee on her way home from work Wednesday night. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. "If he is unwilling to state that he will recuse himself, I think everyone should really reconsider whether they can support this nominee". "That sounds less like a Supreme Court justice and more like a waiter at a Ruby Tuesday's".

FILE - Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., meets with Brett Kavanaugh, right, then-nominee for the D.C. Circuit Court, on Capitol Hill, May 2, 2006. The leader of the Senate Democrats is a smart cookie (perfect SAT score: just ask him!) from Brooklyn back when Brooklyn was Brooklyn, before the arrival of manbuns and artisanal cheese.

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