Kavanaugh begins Senate charm offensive as Democrats roll out opposition strategy

Mindy Sparks
July 12, 2018

Roughly 25.6 million people tuned-in to major broadcast and TV news networks Monday evening to watch Mr. Trump nominate Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy - about 21 percent fewer than the almost 33 million who watched live previous year when the president picked Neil Gorsuch to replace late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, AdWeek first reported.

"This could be the presidency with the most Supreme Court picks of any presidency in history", Trump said during an appearance in Virginia more than a year before becoming president.

"I don't think there's much that Democratic senators can do to slow down or to prevent his confirmation", said Suffolk Law professor Rene Reyes. And in a 2009 case arising out of torture at Abu Ghraib, Kavanaugh joined Judge Laurence Silberman (over a rare and powerful dissent from Judge Merrick Garland) in barring state-law tort claims against a private military contractor, even though no federal statute required such a result.

Republicans want Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court and Democratic leaders like Chuck Schumer are already mobilizing against Kavanaugh.

So far, centrist Sens. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to help block confirmation.

"I believe it is vital that the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible", Kavanaugh wrote.

"We won the 'Brett Kavanaugh Derby, ' as we called it, because he was very heavily recruited", said Starr.

Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings in the Senate are expected to be hard fought, largely because Democrats fear he could provide a crucial fifth vote to reverse Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that struck down state restrictions on abortion.

The most likely outcome of the Kavanaugh nomination involves all 50 Republican senators voting to confirm him to the Supreme Court (with John McCain not voting).

In his 2006 Senate confirmation hearing to become a federal judge, Kavanaugh appeared to support the legal precedent set by the Roe decisions. 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 gun rights advocates are hoping Judge Brett Kavanaugh - if confirmed - would help push the court back into the fray. Even as the Late Show host bemoaned the announcement of Republican judge Brett Kavanaugh, Colbert is still a victor.

If Kavanaugh's nomination is defeated by a combination of 49 Democrats and one or two Republicans, the process to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy would continue through the elections, creating an issue that could well boost Republican enthusiasm, as it did in 2016, when the vacancy over the seat of the late Antonin Scalia, and Senate Republicans' gamble in not considering President Barack Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, hung over the election.

The Democrats' argument on presidential power may not sway Republican senators, but it will resonate with voters, said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster. "So, Trump picked the guy who thinks presidents shouldn't be prosecuted".

"They had signs printed out for all four of the different people who might have been picked so that they could have their mad libs protests - use your sharpie and fill in whoever the devil's going to be that's supposedly going to end the world before he's even been picked", continued Sasse.

Congress, he wrote in The Minnesota Law Review, should pass a law that would temporarily protect the president from both civil suits and criminal prosecution. We need your help in the coming days to ensure your USA senators vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.

Last month, the US Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision to uphold Trump's controversial order to block entry of most people from several Muslim-majority countries.

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