Brett Kavanaugh Will Right the Course of the Supreme Court

Brett Kavanaugh Will Right the Course of the Supreme Court

Republicans control the chamber, and they are eager to play a role in firming up the court's conservative majority to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote.

There are two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who are being watched closely because of their pro-abortion rights stances and their votes against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act - "Obamacare".

Off the list now that Kavanaugh is the pick: Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Dean Heller, R-Nevada. Susan Collins, of ME, a supporter of abortion rights who represents a mostly blue state - ME is able to split its electoral college votes, with one district consistently blue and the second a battleground.

Opposition figures wasted no time in assailing Kavanaugh, warning his confirmation would usher in the erosion of civil liberties and long-held rights, while conservatives were quick to drum up support for the nominee.

Normally, it is the job of a party's Senate leadership to protect vulnerable incumbents by giving them political cover to do what they need to do to win reelection. But in a sign of unity with Trump, he accepted an invitation to Trump's Monday announcement of Kavanaugh. Lindsey Graham of SC and other senators. But Democrats have perhaps become complacent because their side has more often manipulated the rules to their advantage, while Republicans have been cowed out of exercising even their legitimate powers.

And yet she is unlikely to press the issue directly with Kavanaugh.

That hasn't stopped Trump and others from predicting more openings.

But: Jones sounded skeptical of Kavanaugh in an initial statement, saying he'll thoroughly vet Kavanaugh's background.

In 2011, the dispute over the President Barack Obama-sponsored Affordable Care Act, came before Kavanaugh's court. "I will be diligent in measuring the record and in undertaking an independent review". But deep in their hearts, red-state Democrats are praying for GOP unity as well. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. - Schumer and his Democratic colleagues were gaming out a line of questioning that, they hope, will create a perception that a Justice Kavanaugh would compromise the independence of the court.

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Some conservative critics faulted Kavanaugh for not taking up the merits of the dispute and declaring the ACA unconstitutional.

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She said that the organization is more known to be a place where "nerdy Republican lawyers get together".

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: Heitkamp remained notably noncommittal after Trump picked Kavanaugh.

"There will be the usual attempts to sully his reputation, not only in the Senate but outside the Senate, but he'll be able to handle it, and I have every confidence he'll be confirmed", Hatch said. Before that, Kavanaugh worked for Bush in the White House and during his election recount with Democratic opponent Al Gore in 2000.

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. Earlier this year he voted in favor of a bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Trump also has suggested he could pardon himself.

According to The Washington Post, 26 percent of all Trump voters said the Supreme Court was most important factor in their vote, compared with just 18 percent among Hillary Clinton's voters.

The Detroit News, the largest paper in MI with an editorial board, wrote that "Kavanaugh's record defies challenge".

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