Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh returned to Capitol Hill Wednesday for a whirlwind round of meetings with key Republican senators as Democrats ramped up efforts to block his confirmation.
Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, told Al Jazeera that his organisation's immediate call of action would be to "have its members across the U.S. express their views to senators in their states and urge them to oppose this nomination".
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of CT said on Wednesday that Trump, in choosing Kavanaugh, is "trying to rig a Supreme Court such that it will strike down protections for pre-existing conditions and he has a case ready to move to the Supreme Court to do just that". "Brett Kavanaugh is the person who initiated the thought process concerning ObamaCare to treat it as a tax", he points out.
"They're going to try to make the whole confirmation process about specific outcomes", said Sasse. If we line the current justices up and make some basic assumptions about Judge Kavanaugh's views, it looks like Chief Justice Roberts will fall in the middle. He believes that even in red states, Democratic senators can cite preserving the Affordable Care Act as the "number one" reason they'd vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation. Different considerations go into academic writing than go into judicial opinions and we often see legal academics take positions that they may never think reasonable under the constraints of deciding a case.
So far, centrist Sens.
After much hemming and hawing, the two Republican senators most apt to withhold their support, Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, will ultimately back the nominee, saying they are comfortable with his record and temperament.
On Wednesday, the former press secretary for Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign told ABC's Powerhouse Politics podcast hosts Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein that "there's more than a million pages of documents" from Kavanaugh's time working under President George W. Bush.
At the announcement, Kavanaugh stood with his wife and two daughters and said he was "humbled" by the nomination.
Ingraham said that Kavanaugh is being considered a "monster" by Democrats as well as the Hollywood left because of how he could potentially rule on abortion, health care and gun rights.
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Now the likely timing of the Kavanaugh confirmation vote - Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising to get it done in September - adds to the peril for Democrats in toss-up races on red turf.
Sen. Richard J. Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, suggested on NBC's "Meet the Press" that these vulnerable red-state Democrats should sacrifice their reelection to stop Trump's nominee.
Republicans are pushing back, accusing Democrats of distorting the judge's words.
"President Trump vowed he'd never let the NRA down, and with the Kavanaugh pick, he chose someone whose judicial record demonstrates a risky view of the Second Amendment that elevates gun rights above public safety".
Since 1988, Justice Kennedy has maintained a somewhat moderate balance in a sharply divided court, with four dedicated conservative judges on one side and four liberal judges on the other.
There are five Democrat senators who are up for re-election in November. "That sounds less like a Supreme Court justice and more like a waiter at a Ruby Tuesday's".
Democrats are making the case that Kavanaugh should pledge to recuse himself from any case involving Trump's financial dealings or the Russian Federation investigation.