Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an originalist, which means he holds to the original intent of the Constitution and would uphold the laws as written. "The stakes are simply too high for anything less". The Republican-controlled Senate blocked his nomination and changed the Senate rules so that a nominee couldn't be confirmed in an election year.
Democrats hope two Republicans who back abortion rights, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, will vote against the nominee.
"I think the president has done it once again", McConnell told reporters.
"The right to access abortion safely and legally in this country is absolutely on the line", she said. They conclude their letter by proclaiming that if Kavanaugh's daughters become lawyers, they will enter a legal profession that's "fairer and more equal" because of him. Claire McCaskill, released a 30-second television ad focused on the Supreme Court and warning that "our way of life is at risk".
Abortion will be perhaps the key issue in upcoming confirmation hearings for Kavanaugh. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Dianne Feinstein of California.
Those writings from earlier in Kavanaugh's career have irked a handful of Senate Democrats tasked with evaluating his qualifications for the Supreme Court. The others are Republican targets for the confirmation vote who come from Trump-won states where they face re-election this fall.
She said that with Kavanaugh's credentials, "it's very hard for anyone to tell me that he's not qualified for the job". In the spring and summer of 2017, Democrats in Congress and progressive activists rallied opposition to the GOP plan to gut Obamacare, eventually creating enough of a backlash that, after months of protests, Republicans in the Senate fell short of delivering the long-promised overhaul.
Some conservatives feared the pro-abortion, moderate Republican would vote against President Donald Trump's nominee to protect Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling that legalized abortion.
In future civil rights cases, there's every reason to believe Judge Kavanaugh will side with Justice Roberts, with whom he worked to end the 2000 recount in Florida, as opposed to Justice Kennedy, whom he clerked for from 1993 to 1994.
"It is not an exaggeration to say that we would not be the professors, prosecutors, public officials, and appellate advocates we are today without his enthusiastic encouragement and unwavering support", they wrote.