Democrats meet Supreme Court pick with mixed message — AP analysis

Federico Mansilla
Julio 12, 2018

Even as he was broadly welcomed by Senate Republicans, and a handful of Democrats expressed openness to his confirmation, the hurdles for the conservative DC Circuit Court judge are taking shape. "We have an obligation to thoroughly work through this advice and consent process". The full Senate must approve Kavanaugh's nomination before he can replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement at the end of June.

Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate - but Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) isn't expected to vote due to medical issues that make it hard for him to travel to Capitol Hill. John McCain, R-Ariz., at home getting treatment for brain cancer.

"The court cares about things like its own legitimacy", says Myrick, "and how often a precedent has been upheld in the past".

Trump said Monday he picked Kavanaugh for his "impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and proven commitment to equal justice under the law".

While President Trump stands staunchly against the Clean Power Plan, a Supreme Court decision narrowing the authority of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gasses could limit the ability of future administration's to change course. The Alaska Republican won't be an easy sell.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pointed to the Women's March statement as proof that he was correct when he said Sunday that Trump "could nominate George Washington and the left would go insane". "Well, no, I'm not going to support him today". "We need the American people to weigh in". "It's a lot to look at".

The centrist Anti-Defamation League was also wary of Trump's nominee. She cast one of the decisive votes last summer that helped sink the GOP health care bill, infuriating the right and Trump.

As a Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh will have lasting effects on a multitude of extremely important issues, from labor to reproductive rights.

But: Paul has never said he opposes Kavanaugh, as one of Paul's campaign aides pointed out to Blake on Monday night. "I will be diligent in measuring the record and in undertaking an independent review".

Greens, though, see an ally in the ME senator with a 63 percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters.

"The president believes that the proper consideration for a nominee to the court is not about litmus tests".

Courts, and especially the Supreme Court, derive authority from their status as neutral, disinterested guardians of our social compact.

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Do you think Kavanaugh is a good pick? Leahy disagrees, and he said Kavanaugh's philosophy - and its obvious appeal to a president who is now under investigation - is a threat to the basic structure of American democracy.

We're joined now by one of the Judiciary Committee members who will question the nominee at his confirmation hearing, Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii.

But it would be wrong to dismiss Kennedy as simply a funnyman. Trump reportedly was wary of Kavanaugh's close ties to George W. Bush, who nominated him to his current position in 2003. Both of them voted to confirm Kavanaugh in 2006 when he was nominated to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Reversing the landmark case would not automatically make abortion illegal across the country.

Murkowski supports abortion rights, and it was a key reason she voted against Trump's Obamacare repeal last summer.

Whitehouse is making similar populist remarks about Kavanaugh, saying on Twitter that "special interests approved this nominee" and accusing the GOP justices of "favoring big business".

What would the US look like without Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide? Each comes from a state that went for Trump. Kavanaugh clerked under Kennedy.

"We've done some of our own background on some of the opinion that he has written".

But he might take issue with the judge's 2011 ruling in favor of EPA's retroactive veto of a West Virginia mountaintop-removal mining project.

Americans for Prosperity, a group allied with the Koch brothers that has given a modest donation to Heitkamp, said it's spending seven figures to sway swing-state senators to back Kavanaugh. But he did vote to confirm Gorsuch a year ago.

Tester, who has made public land access and conservation issues a centerpiece of his re-election, will likely be eager to hear Kavanaugh's views on the issue.

The cases fall into three major categories. The Court is meant to provide long-term stability and fairness to our Constitutional framework; it can not do so if its rulings, like those of the other two branches, are no more than a outcome of the changing winds of political fortune.

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