Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Kavanaugh fight sharpens the stakes for midterms

Kavanaugh fight sharpens the stakes for midterms

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has been peddling a new story about his decision to block President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court in 2016.

An Indian American federal appeals court judge, Amul Thapar, was among those Trump considered for the Supreme Court before deciding on Kavanaugh. But Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY forecast gains for his party instead: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box".

In North Dakota, Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer has pulled comfortably ahead of Democratic Sen.

More importantly though, it was the Democrats who in 2013 set the wheels in motion of what is now an entirely partisan judicial confirmation process when they invoked the so called nuclear option and abolished the 60-vote rule that practically ensured that nominations could only be passed with significant bipartisan support.

"It's a big day for the country, a big day for the administration and a big day for the Republican Senate", McConnell said. What's more, Kavanaugh will take up his post knowing that numerous people that will be impacted by his rulings do not believe him personally and do not believe he is impartial as was evidenced by the fact that his final confirmation was repeatedly interrupted by protesters.

Senate Democrats, disappointed by Kavanaugh's ascension, argued that many voters nationally - and women, in particular - remain infuriated by Republicans' treatment of Christine Blasey Ford, who detailed in emotional testimony her allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers.

She acknowledged the anguish of the protesters who interrupted the historic Senate vote, telling reporters afterwards: "I was closing my eyes and praying - praying for them, praying for us and praying for the country".

The Democrats" "strategy to capitalise on the "Me Too' movement for the political purposes backfired on them", Republican strategist Alice Stewart said.

Protesters also disrupted the vote itself in the US Senate multiple times before being dragged.

But the repercussions for next month's congressional midterm elections, the ideological bent of the high court and the treatment of sexual-assault victims will reverberate for decades to come.

"This is one of the reasons I chose him is because there is no one with a squeaky clean past like Brett Kavanaugh. So then I had to look at the other evidence, and was there corroborating evidence, and that's why I pushed hard for the FBI to do a supplemental background investigation".

In the end, all but one Republican, Sen. In the weeks leading up to the vote, opponents of Kavanaugh staged protests in ME created to influence the senator's decision, including at her offices in Portland and Bangor, and outside her home in Bangor. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, lined up behind the judge.

"Those issues are going to be on the ballot in the mid-term, and Judge Kavanaugh underscores those issues", Cardin told Fox. He flashed two thumbs up when the final vote was declared and aides on board applauded.

One sign read, "I want justice and accountability but I also want revenge".

A procedural vote Friday made Saturday's confirmation a foregone conclusion. "And the deal was that if you voted for Kavanaugh, then the credit card pledges would be processed. We have a lot of work to do".

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