SCOTUS: Kavanaugh a 'perfect storm' ahead of midterms?

SCOTUS: Kavanaugh a 'perfect storm' ahead of midterms?

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement two weeks ago, and we all thought "something awful this way comes". Kavanaugh needs only a simple majority of 50 votes for confirmation; there are 51 Republicans in the upper chamber, but Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., previous year in voting against Republican ACA repeal efforts.

Off the list now that Kavanaugh is the pick: Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Dean Heller, R-Nevada. "For the time being, we have to trust President Trump's judgment - a benefit of the doubt that, based on his previous nominees, he's earned". The effort has flooded their respective home zones with anti-Kavanaugh advertisements meant to foment public pressure on the two lawmakers to vote against the nominee.

Heller is running for reelection in a state Hillary Clinton won. But barring some previously unreported damning information on Kavanaugh coming out, President Trump's nominee will be confirmed, and should be. Lindsey Graham of SC and other senators.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said in a Fox News appearance that opposing Trump's nominee before he or she was even named was "troubling" and "not the way a democracy and federalism is supposed to work".

She said that with Kavanaugh's credentials, "it's very hard for anyone to tell me that he's not qualified for the job".

"Judge Kavanaugh is the real deal", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said one day after a closed-door meeting with the nominee.

"Tonight's announcement is only a first step", Jones said in Twitter message on Tuesday. "I will be diligent in measuring the record and in undertaking an independent review".

Donald Trump has named Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the United States supreme court, lighting the fuse of an acrimonious political battle and potentially setting the court on a more conservative course for decades to come.

Kavanaugh in the past has made statements about respecting precedent that could help in winning over senators, particularly Murkowski and Collins.

He said if he's chair of the judiciary committee before the 2020 election, he would not move forward with any Supreme Court nominees, following the tradition set.

Heitkamp was more evasive. "That sounds less like a Supreme Court justice and more like a waiter at a Ruby Tuesday's". Trump ended up picking a former clerk of Kennedy's.

After President Donald Trump's administration barred an undocumented minor from terminating her pregnancy, the American Civil Liberties Union sued on her behalf.

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In recent years, the average Supreme Court nomination and confirmation process usually has taken between two and three months. On Monday before Trump announced his nominee , the White House sent out the list again and touted Trump's selection process.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pointed to the Women's March statement as proof that he was correct when he said Sunday that Trump "could nominate George Washington and the left would go insane".

Another Bush staffer had a lot to do with the Kavanaugh choice, Trump White House Counsel Don McGahn.

"This is a incredibly important appointment maybe one of the most important we'll ever vote on for two reasons". He's also sided with abortion opponents.

But: Donnelly has also demonstrated a willingness to vote against Trump on big votes, like the tax bill.

"I was lucky. My mum was a teacher in the 1960s and 1970s, she taught history at two largely African American public high schools in Washington DC, McKinlay Tech and HD Woodson", Judge Kavanaugh said. "We all know that there are going to be senators asking tough questions, they're going to push", he said. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska made clear that while they're both in the earliest of stages of reviewing Kavanaugh's record, they both find him to be "qualified" for the position.

Abortion is likely to dominate the debate over Kavanaugh's confirmation. That's what Roe v. Wade is all about. According to Kavanaugh, presidents should also be allowed to violate the law if they think the law isn't constitutional.

The case would then go to the Supreme Court.

If you're not sure how you feel about Kavanaugh and his record yet, that's okay! That's something that Paul, who has a strong libertarian streak, has been vocal about opposing.

The late-night personality admittedly didn't know much about Kavanaugh, but he suspected Trump might have mistaken him for Celebrity Apprentice winner/Rock of Love star/Poison band member Bret Michaels, since Kavanaugh's middle name is Michael.

The Supreme Court sits at the top of the judicial branch of government.

In 2006, Kavanaugh said he would follow the decision "faithfully" - but the question remains whether that would include a robust interpretation of what "undue burden" means.

J.D. Vance makes the case for President Trump's Supreme Court justice nominee.