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With Kavanaugh hearing, some Democrats see opportunity to bolster 2020 campaigns

12 July 2018

Dacus adds that Kavanaugh is further to the right than Chief Justice John Roberts - and for that reason he's convinced that Roberts will become the swing vote on 5-4 rulings.

The groups plan to develop two sets of ads, with one targeting Democratic incumbent senators up for reelection in Florida, Wisconsin, Missouri and Montana, who voted against Trump's last nominee to the high court, Neil Gorsuch.

He, however, has stopped short of endorsing Kavanaugh, calling him a "smart pick" whom he is eager to meet. In a 1989 piece for the Yale Law Journal, he discussed a 1986 Supreme Court ruling in Batson v. Kentucky that outlawed using race as the sole criteria for preemptive challenges to jurors, under the Equal Protection Clause.

Though Democrats - egged on by an energized progressive base - are promising to fiercely oppose Kavanaugh, they have no real power to stop Kavanaugh's confirmation. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said during Kavanaugh's 2006 confirmation hearing. Kavanaugh then clerked for appellate judges Walter Stapleton and Alex Kozinski before clerking for Justice Kennedy - whose seat Kavanaugh would take if confirmed.

The West Virginian is the most likely Democrat to back Kavanaugh. But Democrats will cast Kavanaugh as part of the same Washington "swamp" Trump vowed to drain.

Remember: This is precisely what McConnell flagged for Trump as a potential problem with Kavanaugh's nomination: Never that he wasn't qualified, but that his extensive time in government service, and the documents that come with it, cannot only lead to possible surprises and also give Democrats grounds - legitimate or not - to delay consideration of the nomination.

"Tonight's announcement is only a first step", Jones said in Twitter message on Tuesday.

"Judge Kavanaugh routinely rules against working families, regularly rejects employees' right to receive employer-provided health care, (and) too often sides with employers in denying employees relief from discrimination in the workplace", said Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO. "I will be diligent in measuring the record and in undertaking an independent review".

Stephen Colbert is "still recovering from watching America's Next Top Justice", alluding to President Trump's reality-show-ification of announcing his new Supreme Court Justice nominee.

But: Manchin released a statement strongly suggesting that Kavanaugh's opinions on preserving parts of Obamacare will be a deciding factor for the senator.

HIRONO: Judge Kavanaugh is not exactly in the mainstream.

"It seems to be that if you are running for president on the Democratic side in 2020 or thinking about it, you have to prove you are the most insane person when it comes to Trump nominees", Graham said in the interview with Fox host Martha MacCallum.

Since President Donald Trump took office, net neutrality - the principle that internet service providers should treat all content equally and keep it accessible to all - has been under constant attack.

NARAL tweeted, "We'll be DAMNED if we're going to let five MEN-including some frat boy named Brett-strip us of our hard-won bodily autonomy and reproductive rights". The organization, which supports abortion rights, is also planning a national day of protests for the end of next month. Earlier this year he voted in favor of a bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. "He's keeping his cards close to his chest about how he'll vote on a Supreme Court pick, issuing the most bland statement possible on Kavanaugh: ". "It didn't matter what I thought or what Brett thought in particular". Just to get on the Society's list, a candidate must be prepared to overrule Roe v. Wade. Opponents fear he might be the crucial fifth vote to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion and curtail affirmative action, gay rights and the Affordable Care Act. Plus, Kavanaugh has a conservative record on abortion, but he has also testified to the Senate in the past that he would respect Roe.

With Kavanaugh hearing, some Democrats see opportunity to bolster 2020 campaigns