In recent years the Supreme Court has made landmark decisions on fundamental and often politically charged issues ranging from same-sex marriage, abortion, gun rights, corporate money in elections, and free speech. One of their hopes is to win governor's mansions this fall (see my in-need-of-an-update Top 10 governor's races here), and then be in a position to veto maps drawn by still-Republican-controlled legislatures, and then at least force those maps to go to courts, which have ruled in favor of Democrats lately. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Trump chose the 53-year-old federal appellate judge for the seat opened up by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. "While I appreciate the invitation from the White House to attend this evening's announcement, I declined so that I can meet first with the nominee in a setting where we can discuss his or her experience and perspectives", he said in a statement, adding that he will be examining the nominee's record and qualifications over the coming days.
Kavanaugh's paper trail is one reason that McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, advised President Donald Trump to consider other nominees who could be confirmed more quickly, ensuring the final votes occur ahead of the November midterm elections, when control of Congress will be at stake.
Kennedy said he was bracing for a tough confirmation battle as Democrats focus on the nominee's views of the high court's Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion.
Democrats have turned their attention to pressuring two Republicans, Sens.
Kavanaugh, for his part, said, "I revere the [U.S.] Constitution".
Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of MI, said absent an unexpected change in the composition of the Senate or a scandal, it's likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite any Democratic opposition. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens Roe v. Wade.
Speaking of the president's shortlist, which The Hill reported includes Brett Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman, Graham suggested that any conservative Republican would be happy with the options-touting Hardiman in particular as a good choice.
MARTIN: Who on the president's list is considered to face the toughest confirmation battle?
The director of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" told fans late Monday that President Trump will usher in an era worse than anything conceived by a Marvel supervillain. His confirmation now rests in the hands of a narrowly split Senate, where defections from Trump's own party could sink his chances.
McConnell and Trump were rewarded this year with a string of 5-4 decisions in which Gorsuch cast votes favorable to the president and the GOP.
"He had fully 12 different opinions that were adopted by the United States Supreme Court", Pence said.
Judiciary members should seek "all of his writings and memos from his time at the White House". Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) said that Kavanaugh deserves a straight up-or-down vote in the Senate. And the president moved swiftly to fill those openings with young, conservative judges.
In the coming year the court might have to consider Trump's powers and rights in the investigation into links between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation, and whether he sought to obstruct that investigation.