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Sen. Hirono: Dems should focus on midterms, not on impeaching Kavanaugh

09 October 2018

Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell and other Republicans have been reveling in their post-confirmation gloating, and according to the New York Times, McConnell even told Donald Trump "we're only at halftime", when the president called him, concerned, during the break between Dr. Ford's testimony and Kavanaugh's.

So, for Democrats, such as Rep. Jerrold Nadler of NY, to say that they are going to investigate Kavanaugh for perjury and related issues if the Democrats take the House and/or Senate is not only premature, but a bad mistake, and one that will only redound to the Democrats' detriment.

"I just congratulated him", he said. Heitkamp said she was concerned about Kavanaugh's temperament after his emotional performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. 'And I think you're going to see a lot of things happen on November 6 that would not have happened before'. "So to Americans, so many millions who are outraged by what happened here, there is one answer: vote". Gov. John Kasich of OH predicted "a good year" for Democrats in the November elections and said he wonders about "the soul of our country" in the long term after the tumultuous hearings.

Expected to cement a conservative majority: Kavanaugh replaces retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing justice because he voted with the four liberal justices in cases on some hot-button issues including affirmative action and gay rights.

It is a much different picture in the battle for the House, where the winning party needs to secure the votes of independent, female voters, especially those who live in the suburbs of big cities such as Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver and Miami.

Cory Booker of New Jersey, who sits on the senate's judiciary committee, was asked Sunday in Iowa by Yahoo News about the prospects of a Kavanaugh impeachment. (Or, if you are a Democrat, you at least need to win some of those while hoping the rest do not turn out to vote in significant numbers.) That is because races that will determine the Senate majority are happening in states such as North Dakota, Montana, Missouri, West Virginia and in - all states with significant rural populations that lean conservative. Manchin turned his head to watch until Capitol Police escorted them from the chamber. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, who became one of Kavanaugh's staunchest defenders during the confirmation process. Of the protesters, he said: "That crowd could fit in the second row". Still, McConnell has some thoughts on who is to thank for Kavanaugh's confirmation. Many hugged or greeted Collins, who passed on running for ME governor this year to remain in the Senate.

She also urged the Trump administration to reconsider its hands-off approach to the lawsuit, saying Congress never meant to strike protections for people with preexisting conditions when it tweaked Obamacare with its tax bill. He also blamed "evil" people for putting Kavanaugh in a "disgraceful situation" during his confirmation process.

In August, a CNN/SSRS poll found that Brett Kavanaugh was the most unpopular Supreme Court nominee in modern American history, with 40 percent of Americans opposing his nomination, and only 37 percent supporting it.

Both parties contend the new contours of the race will energize their supporters in the election's final stretch.

Sen. Hirono: Dems should focus on midterms, not on impeaching Kavanaugh