Democrats battle long odds in opposing Brett Kavanaugh

Getty									Brett Kavanaugh's Obamacare dissent concerns some conservatives for what it says on the individual mandate of ACA

To Democrats, he's a threat to women's reproductive rights and the Obama health care program. But in a sign of unity with Trump, he accepted an invitation to Trump's Monday announcement of Kavanaugh.

If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would help cement a rightward tilt on America's top court, potentially shaping many aspects of United States society for decades to come, including women's access to abortions.

Trump's choice was met with predictable reactions from Republicans and Democrats.

Writing on the foundation's website, Malcolm described Kavanaugh as an "outstanding writer" who's authored "approximately 300 opinions during his 12 years on the bench, many dealing with controversial topics that will likely come up during his confirmation hearing".

Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with opposition Democrats, said Kavanaugh would serve as a "rubber-stamp for an extreme, right-wing agenda pushed by corporations and billionaires".

Colbert went on to say that although he doesn't "know much" about Kavanaugh, his name "sounds less like a Supreme Court justice and more like a waiter at a Ruby Tuesday". It's unclear what evidence there is for that, other than Trump's promise to appoint anti-abortion judges. The national party could ostracize them, freezing them out on much needed help on voter outreach, grassroots work, etc. if they vote for Trump's nominee, especially when they think Roe v. Wade is going to be overturned.

"We're not fooled by the argument that Kavanaugh isn't a "bomb-thrower" or that he's made no extreme controversial rulings", read another tweet.




The groups plan to develop two sets of ads, with one targeting Democratic incumbent senators up for reelection in Florida, Wisconsin, Missouri and Montana, who voted against Trump's last nominee to the high court, Neil Gorsuch.

The focus is on GOP Sens. 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. The groups sent Palin to Alabama previous year to support Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. Kavanaugh sided with a religious group that objected to having to notify their insurer or the federal government if they wanted an exemption. Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota have all been floated as possible "yes" votes for Kavanaugh, but on Tuesday, they were just as mum as their moderate colleagues on the other side of the aisle. They have included backing citizens' right to own semi-automatic rifles, delaying a teenager from getting an abortion by detaining her for being in the US illegally and supporting a religious-liberty challenge to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage mandate.

"Democratic votes are more symbolic than necessary".

"No investigation of a president!" Trump also has suggested he could pardon himself. In 2009, he argued there was "a serious constitutional question exists regarding whether a president can be criminally indicted and tried while in office".

Congress, he wrote in The Minnesota Law Review, should pass a law that would temporarily protect the president from both civil suits and criminal prosecution.

Before he was a judge, he ran an investigation into the death of a deputy adviser to President Bill Clinton.

The students, alumni and staff called on Yale Law School's leadership to rescind its implied support for Kavanaugh, urging them to find the "moral courage" when there is "so little cost". Her trademark line was 'use your common-sense.

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