Stephen Colbert blasts Trump's Supreme Court nominee

"Our base doesn't like hearing this, but it comes down to math: You either have the votes or you don't", said Jim Manley, a former Senate Democratic aide. He is also the first of three Senate Democrats who voted for Trump's first Supreme Court pick, Justice Neil Gorsuch. But in a sign of unity with Trump, he accepted an invitation to Trump's Monday announcement of Kavanaugh.

"Judge Kavanaugh argued that a president should not be subject to an investigation while in office, that a president should be above criminal and civil indictments", Schumer said. "The record is just so extensive - 12 years on the bench, and the court which he serves on, the DC Circuit, is a very important court", said Starr.

The Trump administration, which might have been expected to defend the ACA because defending federal law is part of what the Justice Department is tasked to do, opted instead, in this case, to follow a different course of action. It was ruled a suicide, but some people dispute this. George H.W. Bush put David Souter and Clarence Thomas on the court in his one term in office. If the Republican caucus is bound to ultimately fall in line and approve Mr. Trump's choice on a party-line vote, then some Democrats would prefer not see their most endangered incumbents hectored by liberal donors and activists for what would be only a show of symbolic opposition.

Despite the long road ahead, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) feels confident they'll have Kavanaugh confirmed before the midterm elections.

Democrats, as the Senate minority, have few options to block Kavanaugh.

But Kavanaugh's record complicates the Democrats' initial desire to focus exclusively on abortion rights. Abortion became legal in 1973 in a famous case known as Roe versus Wade. "I'm hopeful that maybe we'll get a couple of Democrats who will jump on board and do the right thing for a change, unlike what we've been hearing in the news".

The Workmen's Circle, a progressive Jewish organization with roots in the labor movement, said Kavanaugh's nomination represents the latest salvo in a "war against the working people of this country". The conservative Judicial Crisis Network plans to launch a $1.4 million ad buy in four states - Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia - introducing the nominee in a favorable light. He passed over other finalists who attended law school at Michigan, Notre Dame and Georgetown.

"To my Democratic colleagues, I ask no more of you than I ask for myself, use the qualifications standard, having said that, I know most won't", Graham said.

Republicans hope to have Kavanaugh confirmed by the start of the court's session in October. While Elian's father wanted him back in Cuba, his other relatives believed it was best if he stayed in the US with them. Democrats say they will fight to prevent the high court from becoming too conservative. The congressman was with the president in Fargo for a rally promoting Cramer's campaign against Heitkamp just hours after Kennedy announced his retirement June 27. Those included a number of disputed cases, including ones supporting same-sex marriage and a woman's right to an abortion.

On the other hand, if a nominee was a law professor, academic writing can sometimes be more damaging than helpful. Tina Smith, D-Minn., said from the Supreme Court steps Monday night.

"Voters, including many independent voters and some Republican voters, care deeply about maintaining the Supreme Court as an independent check and balance on the power of the president", Garin said. Unlike Murkowski, she voted for President Barack Obama's two Supreme Court picks, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.

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