Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Two Republican women could sink Trump's US Supreme Court pick

Two Republican women could sink Trump's US Supreme Court pick

"Absolute joy" is how former Whitewater independent counsel and Baylor University president Ken Starr says he felt when he learned President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

This shift matters not only because significant litigation continues to arise out of Guantanamo - where 40 men are still detained as military commissions grind forward - but also because of the implications Kavanaugh's judicial philosophy could have on the Supreme Court more broadly.

Sasse says something is clearly broken in our republic when there is already this much protest over a Supreme Court nomination. "Brett Kavanaugh is the person who initiated the thought process concerning ObamaCare to treat it as a tax", he points out.

"His outstanding qualifications is going to make very hard for people to vote against him", he said.

"With his pick of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump has done everything in his power to push the Supreme Court into the world of ultra-conservatism", said Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

"Obviously the more there is, the more opportunities there are to highlight why he's problematic", one senior Democratic aide said, adding that given it's a lifetime appointment, Democrats should have access to everything that exists.

"For the past seven years, I have coached my daughter's basketball teams", Kavanaugh said. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Collins said Kavanaugh is qualified for the job, "but there are other issues involving judicial temperament and his political, or rather, his judicial philosophy that also will play into my decision".

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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. While Republicans hold a majority in the Senate, and Senate actions taken previous year reduce the threshold for nomination approval to a simple majority, confirmation promises to be a stiff fight.

Administration officials told Politico that Trump spent the most time with Kavanaugh out of the other three candidates - he was interviewed at least twice - and was impressed with Kavanaugh's credentials and "fidelity to the Constitution", in Politico's words. Women lead most of the major Democratic resistance groups, coordinated the major anti-Trump protests and are running for office in record numbers at all levels of government. But Democrats will cast Kavanaugh as part of the same Washington "swamp" Trump vowed to drain. "For the time being, we have to trust President Trump's judgment - a benefit of the doubt that, based on his previous nominees, he's earned".

A new poll released on Tuesday by Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) found that 59 percent of West Virginia voters want Manchin to vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

Democrats are anxious that Kavanaugh will join with the court's other four conservative members to reverse legalized abortion in the United States.

They would once again have an enthusiasm edge over Republicans, who could no longer make the midterms a referendum on the Supreme Court and would tend to feel as if they had won the war, not just a single battle.

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. I think the answer to that is: "We're not certain".

Still, with gun control advocates mobilized following February's deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the court may instead take aim at more modest measures, like one that may be headed to the justices from New York City this fall.

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