Republican senators are gaslighting Democrats on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

Kavenaugh is meeting with senators to ask for their support. A simple majority is required.

The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy would solidify a solid 5-4 conservative majority on the court, and it has some pro-abortion rights advocates anxious about what that majority could mean for cases regarding reproductive rights.

One can, of course, quibble with such a characterization; after all, the true defining trait of most - again, not all - Ivy league students arguably is not so much intelligence as it is a privileged background.

"There is no one in America more qualified for this position, or more deserving", the president said.

The 30-second ads feature Trump introducing Kavanaugh in the White House Monday, followed by Kavanaugh's remarks accepting the nomination in which he discusses the need to preserve the U.S. Constitution. Jones is already getting pressure from Republicans back home, including a potential challenger in Jones's 2020 reelection, to support Kavanaugh. And he speaks from experience: Kavanaugh clerked for Kenneth Starr, the special counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton.

"I understand people won't like him because of the way he's likely to rule on certain issues". And on the whole, they are much more likely to vote with Utah Sen.

Manchin is one of five Senate Democrats trying to get reelected in November in a state Trump won by double digits.

Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called him a "candidate worthy of the Senate's consideration".

"I don't think anyone is going to overturn Roe versus Wade". That's political suicide. So Democrat Senate leader Schumer is asking members of his own party to give the Republicans a bigger Senate majority. "But based upon what I know of Kavanaugh's commentary, it doesn't appear that he is the kind of guy who wants to overturn precedent".

Kavanaugh wrote that he had come to believe any prosecution, indictment, legal action against a president should be deferred until after the president is out of office.

That history, and his later work for President George W. Bush, drew intense scrutiny from Democrats when Kavanaugh was first nominated as an appellate court judge. "You don't know the exact nature of the case or the question that is going to come before them".

The case would then go to the Supreme Court. During the announcement, Kavanaugh, who attended prep school outside Washington and later went to Yale, was joined by his wife and two daughters and sought to portray himself as a family man. "A solid conservative who interprets the law, who won't make the law". But he also talked a good game when Kavanaugh was up for confirmation for his current judicial seat, and Kavanaugh was confirmed. While Elian's father wanted him back in Cuba, his other relatives believed it was best if he stayed in the USA with them.

The judge has to be confirmed in the US Senate where Republicans now have a razor-thin 51-49 majority. Democrats say they will fight to prevent the high court from becoming too conservative.

Murkowski supports abortion rights, and it was a key reason she voted against Trump's Obamacare repeal last summer.

But degrees and clerkships should not be the only, or even the primary, credential for a Supreme Court appointment.

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

"As the Senator from #WV, I have a constitutional obligation to advise & consent on a nominee to fill Supreme Court vacancies & I take that responsibility seriously", Manchin said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said on "Talkline" Trump made an excellent pick.

Vanessa Coleman

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