Democrats battle long odds in opposing Brett Kavanaugh

12 July, 2018, 04:57 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
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Graham has said he believes that Kavanaugh will be appointed and receive bipartisan support.

FBN's Stuart Varney on the impact of President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on the midterm elections.

That history, and his later work for President George W. Bush, drew intense scrutiny from Democrats when Kavanaugh was first nominated as an appellate court judge.

Morrisey said Kavanaugh is more than qualified for the position.

Recent decisions of the Supreme Court - such as the gutting of the Voting Rights Act and approval of the Muslim Ban - show the importance of prioritizing true empathy and the limits of intelligence and of even well written opinions.

Vanderbilt Law professor Brian Fitzpatrick doesn't adhere to that thinking.

The three swingiest votes on our list are Republicans, because it's going to take Republican defections to keep Kavanaugh off the bench, and because red-state Democrats are more likely to feel pressure to support Kavanaugh if these Republicans defect.

"We won this battle in the light of day a year ago", said Sen.

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But with only 49 votes in the Senate, Democrats have few tools to work with. Kavanaugh once served as a Supreme Court clerk under Kennedy.

West Virginia's Joe Manchin is making some positive noises about Kavanaugh's qualifications for the Court (not that anyone has suggested he is under-credentialed in anything other than perhaps empathy for women, minorities, and the poor) and his solemn obligations to give the man a good, fair hearing. But we should demand more of Supreme Court Justices than the ability to turn a clever phrase or find loopholes that fit their ideological commitments. ME and Alaska voters who oppose Kavanaugh and support Roe v. Wade should let Collins and Murkowski know how they feel. "Can we stop being crybabies in the Democratic Party?" Party representatives spoke to reporters after Morrisey's remarks, saying his wife lobbies for Planned Parenthood which conflicts with Morrisey's anti-abortion message.

In his dissent, Kavanaugh wrote that it came as a "surprise" that the EPA did not consider costs and said the agency's failure to do so was "unreasonable", citing significant costs for industry to meet the regulations.

"The American people should have their eyes wide open to these stakes", said Sen.

I think something is wrong in not just the confirmation process for our court but for lower courts more generally.

Morrisey said his family has no connections to Planned Parenthood. "I would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully" because it's "binding precedent" that has been "reaffirmed many times". And it certainly couldn't hurt to bombard their offices with phone calls urging a "no" vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation. Plus, Flake's predecessor in the Senate, Jon Kyl, will be guiding Kavanaugh through the confirmation process.

And another thing: Mitch McConnell isn't thrilled with Kavanaugh because of the volume of documentation and material he's generated over the course of his career. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. Leipold, an expert in criminal law and procedure, was a consultant, and Kavanaugh was an associate counsel and a co-author of the report laying out the grounds for Clinton's impeachment.

New York State Lieutenant Governor candidate Jumaane Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants, who represents the 45th Council District in Brooklyn, was arrested Monday night outside Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan as he protested the President's nomination of District of Columbia's Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the highest court in America.

Pence added he is grateful for Morrisey's support. But that is always going to be the case, and I don't think after the Clinton Administration, the Bush Administration, or now the Obama Administration, throwing up our hands presidency after presidency makes much sense.

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