Partisan battle lines remain firm after Brett Kavanaugh's nomination

Annette Crawford
July 11, 2018

In a wide-ranging interview with Bret Baier, Vice President Pence says the White House is encouraged by the early response to President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, that Trump believes in engagement with Russian Federation, and that the president was right to dismiss General Flynn. But she also noted that the judge has faced criticism from some conservatives who are concerned by his previous rulings on the Affordable Care Act. "I think it's a damn shame that people spend millions of dollars in political campaign for supreme court justice". Since the announcement from the White House, the opposition to his nomination has only become increasingly hostile and emotional from the left. Jeff Flake of Arizona said of the article: "Frankly that was back when Obama was president, so if someone was trying to draw a line about him being easy on Trump that's not there".

JCN played an active role in opposing the 2016 candidacy of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court - a nomination that died during the final months of the Obama presidency - and supported the nomination and subsequent confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court a year ago. It's unclear what evidence there is for that, other than Trump's promise to appoint anti-abortion judges.

Kavanaugh would keep the number of Catholics on the high court at five.

Compared to some of Trump's other options, Kavanaugh is "more of a moderate conservative", McDaniel said: he is a textualist and originalist, but also says he would adhere to precedent.

The 53-year-old Yale-educated appellate court judge was born in Washington D.C., aided arguments for President Bill Clinton's impeachment, and worked at the White House under President George W. Bush.

A divided Supreme Court ultimately upheld that mandate as a tax. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Dianne Feinstein of California. Others have seen an even deeper ulterior motive in the choice of a man who is seen as a Bush loyalist, a fact that should have put off Trump: Kavanaugh sees the U.S. presidency as such a unique and challenging job that he believes the White House occupant should be shielded from indictment, prosecution, or interrogation while in office. Other Republicans said they hoped to confirm Kavanaugh before the court reconvenes in October.

He says, "Because President Trump has said repeatedly that he would nominate judges to overturn the ACA, the Supreme Court vacancy is only further putting health care front and center, raising the stakes for maintaining these vital health care protections".


Kyl, a former member of Republican leadership, served on the Senate Judiciary Committee before retiring in 2013. He works for the Washington-based lobbying firm Covington & Burling. The pick came less than two weeks after Kennedy announced he would retire. Kelly Ayotte served as the "sherpa" for Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017. And they certainly want Trump's choice confirmed before the November election, when Democrats have a long-shot chance of retaking the Senate majority.

"The Supreme Court will ultimately decide if almost 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their health care", he said on Twitter.

As of Tuesday, only one Senate Democrat up for re-election in a state that Trump won has announced that he's a no vote: Sen. Recently, he said he wouldn't ask any potential nominees about Roe during interviews.

Kavanaugh is expected to meet in coming days with senators at their offices, going door-to-door in get-to-know-you sessions ahead of confirmation hearings. "Given the prevalence of abortion regulations both historically and at the time, Rehnquist said he could not reach such a conclusion about abortion".

Trump spoke to reporters Sunday afternoon as he concluded a weekend in New Jersey spent deliberating his decision at his private golf club.

Despite this, Judge Kavanaugh appears to take a restrictive view of the federal government's regulatory authority, arguing in a dissent this year that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutional, and opposing the FCC's net neutrality rule aimed at ensuring a free and open internet.

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