Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Brett Kavanaugh and the Midterm Effect

Brett Kavanaugh and the Midterm Effect

Democrats on Wednesday were reorienting their uphill push to block U.S. Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, moving healthcare to the center of their strategy and putting less emphasis on abortion rights. A simple majority is required.

Despite the cohesiveness among most Senate Democrats on the anti-Kavanaugh messaging, it's not yet clear how three moderate members of the caucus - Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., all of whom voted for Justice Neil Gorsuch and are in the midst of tough re-election fights this year, will vote.

But perhaps more important than all of those issues, at least from a confirmation prospects perspective: Republican Sens.

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

"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?"

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.

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.

Before he was a judge, he ran an investigation into the death of a deputy adviser to President Bill Clinton.

According to the New York Times, McConnell fears that Democrats could use this material to delay confirmation hearings - you know, because Democrats would like to thoroughly evaluate the record of the nominee as part of the confirmation process.

While the two issues are closely linked, the change aligns with polling that shows healthcare is a major concern for swing-state voters ahead of November's congressional elections, with abortion rights more divisive. George W. Bush selected the court's current chief justice, John Roberts, and Samuel Alito.

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Republicans have little margin of error for the final vote unless a few Democrats can be brought onboard.

"Judge Kavanaugh has written some troubling things about environmental protections, consumer protections, commonsense gun safety laws - all of which should be carefully examined by this Senate and by the American people", Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said. Abortion became legal in 1973 in a famous case known as Roe versus Wade. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said.

"I think it will be a very noisy confirmation process", he said.

Kavanaugh would join three other justices who served on the D.C. Circuit before relocating to the Supreme Court, less than a mile away.

They believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may try to make the president testify in his investigation of the Trump campaign's possible links to Russian Federation.

Recent justices have tended to retire under a president of the party that nominated them.

At the announcement, Kavanaugh stood with his wife and two daughters and said he was "humbled" by the nomination.

Federal law requires only broad ranges for disclosure forms, and such filings include assets for spouses, so it is hard to pinpoint an exact financial snapshot for an individual. "This is unfortunate", Jonathan Adler, a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, wrote in an email.

Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of MI, said absent an unexpected change in the composition of the Senate or a scandal, it's likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite any Democratic opposition.

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