Brewer says McCain won't resign as Senate moves to confirm Kavanaugh

Terry Joseph
July 12, 2018

Kavenaugh is meeting with senators to ask for their support.

In an interview with CBS News the morning after Trump made his announcement concerning Justice Anthony Kennedy's successor on the Supreme Court, Schumer detailed his grand scheme to #StopKavanaugh, which amounts to demagoguery and using scare tactics to terrify the American people ahead of the 2018 midterms. He is also the first of three Senate Democrats who voted for Trump's first Supreme Court pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch. "Is there nothing more important to Yale Law School than its proximity to power and prestige?"

"There is no one in America more qualified for this position, or more deserving", the president said.

While Kavanaugh, 53, was framed as the more "establishment" conservative pick of the other candidates, various Republicans had phoned Trump last week to voice their objections over his potential nomination, including about a 2011 opinion where he declined to rule the Obamacare health insurance mandate as unconstitutional. He called Kavanaugh a "brilliant jurist" who has "devoted his life to public service".

No matter the top issue, Democrats will have a hard time derailing the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Montana was about equivalent to the rest of the US's abortion views when asked in 2014 with 54% of Montanans saying abortion should be legal in some or all cases compared to 55% of the U.S. at large. Bill Clinton, for example, "could have focused on Osama bin Laden without being distracted by the Paula Jones sexual harassment case and its criminal investigation offshoots", Kavanaugh wrote.

Further, those Democrats backing him could garner some Republican votes in their states in the upcoming election, he argued. But Democrats will cast Kavanaugh as part of the same Washington "swamp" Trump vowed to drain.

Durbin also sits on the judiciary committee. We all, every member of the United States Senate has an equal obligation to thoroughly vet this nominee. Republican Gov. Rick Scott is outworking him on Hispanic outreach, and he's beating Nelson with older voters who are more likely to turnout in November.

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Compared to their initial attacks on Kavanaugh, Democrats are putting less stress in recent days on the possibility that he could threaten Roe v Wade, a landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision supporting abortion rights. With the Florida votes still undecided in December because of a state-mandated recount due to the razor-thin margin of the election results, Kavanaugh joined Bush's legal team, which was trying to stop the ballot recount in the state.

Graham has said he believes that Kavanaugh will be appointed and receive bipartisan support. She was one of several Harvard Law professors whom the Globe reached out to for comment on Kavanaugh. But they are playing a very weak hand now, and there is little reason to believe that the next hand they are dealt will be any better. Do they think if they blocked Kavanaugh, Trump would name a moderate?

The case would then go to the Supreme Court.

She said despite the "Antifa-like resistance" to the nomination, Kavanaugh could have been nominated by any Republican president.

Obviously, dramatic news about Kavanaugh's record or values that proves disqualifying would change the nature of the confirmation process.

However, his selection will start a major confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate.

Republicans and independents voted for Collins in her 2014 election in large majorities of 97% and 69%, respectively. Democrats say they will fight to prevent the high court from becoming too conservative.

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