Kavanaugh begins Senate charm offensive as Democrats roll out opposition strategy


The good news for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is that US President Donald Trump did not pick a justice like Seventh Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, someone who might have given more "heartburn" to centrist Republican Party senators like Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, according to Senator John Thune (R-S.D.).

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) speaks to protesters in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Trump has already campaigned against him in IN, slamming "sleeping Joe" as someone who always sides with the Democrats. Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senate majority, but they hope to gain support for Kavanaugh from a handful of Democrats who are up for re-election in states where Trump is popular. Twenty months after the 2016 cataclysm, Nominee Kavanaugh and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch-and there will be another opening for Trump to fill, should Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg falter, God forbid, so late in her ninth decade-not to mention almost two dozen new federal appeals-court judges, are the fruit of Trump's hundredth-of-a-per-cent victories in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh after interviewing several candidates and eventually focusing his consideration on four: Kavanaugh, Michigan federal judge Raymond Kethledge, and federal judges Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman. Introducing his wife, Ashley, Kavanaugh said, "We met in 2001 when we both worked in the White House".

"We try to discern as best we can".

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.

Given Kavanaugh's conservative bent, many Democrats are up in arms about the future of Obamacare should the judge be confirmed.

The letter pointed to a dissent penned by Kavanaugh, in which the judge denied an undocumented teen the right to seek an abortion while in federal custody in Texas.

"I don't have anything right now", he said as he left a Foreign Relations Committee meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

Kavanaugh has played a role in major partisan political battles, working with independent counsel Ken Starr to prosecute President Bill Clinton and with President George W. Bush's legal team during the 2000 election recount.

Kavanaugh's long paper trail is only part of the Democratic strategy for building opposition. Although Kennedy was a swing vote on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, he often was reliably conservative.

"There's every reason to believe he would overturn Roe", Sen.

As Trump approached the podium, Hannity said The Associated Press had reported that Kavanaugh was the choice.

"We should be very concerned that this nominee has been vetted by the Heritage Foundation, whose goal is to repeal the ACA and the protections it provides", Sen.

Republicans have reacted positively to Trump's pick, but McConnell has little margin of error for the final vote unless a few Democrats can be brought onboard. In a 2009 article in The Minnesota Law Review, Kavanaugh wrote that presidents are under such extraordinary pressure they "should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office".

"No investigation of a president!"

Muslim American civil rights groups also expressed concern that Kavanaugh's nomination will embolden the Trump administration to carry on with its hostility toward Muslims and immigrants. "When we know that he's obsessed with this investigation?"

Senate Democrats don't have a majority, however, and they are powerless to block the nomination unless some Senate Republicans join them.

During the Gorsuch vote, three Democrats from conservative states ended up siding with Republicans, and a question now is whether they will support Kavanaugh.

Leo said Hardiman of Pennsylvania and Kethledge of MI are "a little bit less known by conservatives".

And the Utah Republican accused Democrats of trying to derail his confirmation even before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings begin and predicted they would try to turn Kavanaugh into a "judicial monster".

The Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens.