Kavanaugh fight sharpens stakes for midterms

Lester Mason
October 8, 2018

She demurred, but then added: "I'm focused like a laser beam on the elections", predicting angry voters would "go to the polls and vote differently". Retiring Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins holds the seat, and Democrats hope to flip it.

US President Donald Trump pauses while speaking during a campaign rally at Kansas Expocentre, October 6, 2018 in Topeka, Kansas.

After Kavanaugh's name was put forward as a potential nominee for the vacant position on the court, Ford came forward with allegations that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her under the influence of alcohol when they were in high school.

Under the George W Bush administration, he acted as White House lawyer and adviser.

As the senators voted, protesters in the Senate gallery screamed, "I do not consent", and, "shame", forcing Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the chamber, to repeatedly call for order. Republicans are on offense in the fight for control of the Senate, with 10 Democrats seeking reelection in states President Trump won in 2016.

While Kavanaugh has denied all allegation of sexual misconduct.

Several hundred protesters, majority women, barged through barricades to lay claim to the front steps of the US Capitol. Heidi Heitkamp, who voted "No" on Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh's confirmation process has laid bare the partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill and the political polarization of America just a month before midterm elections. When the vote was over, hundreds of protesters massed on the Supreme Court steps, chanting, "We believe survivors". That's what they have become. "She didn't stop", Trump said.

They also fear that the court can now make several rulings whittling down social legislation and programmes for healthcare, aid for the poor, reservations in college admissions and immigration, while being pro-business and stricter on law and order.

"I spent an enormous amount of time in the first part of the confirmation process studying the judge's 12-year record as a circuit court judge", she told veteran CBS reporter Scott Pelley.

"It is a sad day, but the recourse will have to be on election day", Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar told reporters. Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who President Trump had nominated to fill the vacancy left by Anthony Kennedy, was being eaten alive by the left-wing smear machine.

Ford testified at a Judicial Committee hearing that Kavanaugh had pushed her on to a bed and choked her while trying to take off her clothes during a 1982 party and she feared she was going to the killed before managing to escape. Joe Manchin of West Virginia was the only Democrat to vote in favor of confirmation.

"The people the Federal Bureau of Investigation interviewed. all said that they have no recollection", Hirono said. His confirmation likely ushers in a fundamentally more conservative tilt on the nation's highest court.

Numerous lawmakers, including undecided Republican senators like Susan Collins and Jeff Flake, said they were appalled by Trump's behavior, but wound up voting for Kavanaugh anyway.

While fellow actress Alyssa Milano, who helped spark the Me Too movement by encouraging victims to tweet about their harassment or abuse, said she was "terrified and outraged". "Praying for them, praying for us and praying for the country".

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