Supreme Court nominations made, Trump may have none to go

Blanche Robertson
July 12, 2018

If Kavanaugh's nomination is defeated by a combination of 49 Democrats and one or two Republicans, the process to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy would continue through the elections, creating an issue that could well boost Republican enthusiasm, as it did in 2016, when the vacancy over the seat of the late Antonin Scalia, and Senate Republicans' gamble in not considering President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, hung over the election.

But perhaps more important than all of those issues, at least from a confirmation prospects perspective: Republican Sens. Speaking to reporters, Hatch said he assumed that one of the finalists for the position this time around, appeals court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, would be chosen "next time".

"He was nominated by President Trump, he owes his nomination to President Trump, and with an issue of this magnitude regarding President Trump, will he be able to be independent and evaluate the arguments on both sides with no feeling of obligation or being beholden to the person who put him in the job in the first place?" Given Kavanaugh has been a reliably conservative judge, this could be a source of friction for Manchin.

While Kavanaugh has an impressive and lengthy resume in government and federal judicial service, he is just 53 years old, meaning that if he's confirmed, he could influence the court's direction for decades to come.

Later he was part of Bush's legal team working on the 2000 Florida recount, which resulted in Bush's winning the presidency. 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.

Before that, Kavanaugh worked for Bush in the White House and during his election recount with Democratic opponent Al Gore in 2000. More extensive document production - particularly to the scale Democrats appear ready to request - will take time and could push back the current aggressive target for hearings and votes.

Each of those Democrats will have to decide what to do, and all of their choices involve risk.

But Democrats say nothing short of Roe v. Wade is on the line and have cast Kavanaugh as a far-right judge who threatens women's reproductive rights.

During the Gorsuch vote, three Democrats from conservative states ended up siding with Republicans, and a question now is whether they will support Kavanaugh. Abortion became legal in 1973 in a famous case known as Roe versus Wade.

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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.

"I think that the court is going to incrementally move to the right - I don't think it's going to be huge and dramatic", he said.

Judge Kavanaugh, gun rights advocates say, can be counted on.

Mueller is looking into any links between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 electoral campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice. "Those are basic questions people generally want to know about presidential candidates, and they each have the opportunity and platform to show, not tell".

The Kavanaughs send their two daughters to the Catholic private school of Blessed Sacrament, where tuition costs $10,025 per child.

He also has a awful record on environmental law, doesn't support labor rights, disapproves of agencies like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and opposes affirmative action.

Ironically, those Senate gains would make it easier to confirm a very conservative Trump nominee after the midterms.

The Affordable Care Act is "wildly popular and necessary in the reddest of states", said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, in an interview Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

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

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