Starr reacts to Kavanaugh nomination

Schumer and Democrats rally in front of Supreme Court

With ailing Republican John McCain unable to vote, they have little wiggle room. Flake is one of Trump's most vocal critics, but he seems to be OK with this Supreme Court nominee.

Democrats are likely to confront Kavanaugh with those words when he sits for his confirmation hearing.

Heller is running for reelection in a state Hillary Clinton won.

In 2016, Republicans led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel to hold a hearing for then-President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Chief Judge Merrick Garland, for almost a year, saying that Obama's successor make the choice.

Remember: This is precisely what McConnell flagged for Trump as a potential problem with Kavanaugh's nomination: Never that he wasn't qualified, but that his extensive time in government service, and the documents that come with it, cannot only lead to possible surprises and also give Democrats grounds - legitimate or not - to delay consideration of the nomination.

Trump's Republicans have a 51-49 Senate majority, enough to confirm Kavanaugh if they stick together.

"Tonight's announcement is only a first step", Jones said in Twitter message on Tuesday.

West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, battling for reelection in a state Trump won in 2016, in a statement on Kavanaugh's nomination, said the "Supreme Court will ultimately decide if almost 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their healthcare".

Some conservatives expressed bewilderment over the attacks.

Senator Graham released his statement on Kavanaugh in a Twitter post on Monday, saying that it was "a great night for the American people".

More than any other red-state senator, Heitkamp has received a remarkable amount of help from Republicans to keep her job.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh listens to Sen. Justice Sonia Sotomayor is the only former trial judge. Kay Cole James, president of the Heritage Foundation, said Trump "has selected yet another highly-qualified individual who, like Neil Gorsuch, will be impartial, fair, and principled".

Did Schumer and Pelosi really think Trump was going to nominate a moderate?

Another Bush staffer had a lot to do with the Kavanaugh choice, Trump White House Counsel Don McGahn. "When Congress decides that winning is more important than governing, this is the situation you find yourself in".

But: Donnelly has also demonstrated a willingness to vote against Trump on big votes, like the tax bill.

Advocates also fear that Kavanaugh could be a deciding vote in dismantling the Affordable Care Act. He was a key vote in several highly contested issues including abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights.

She said that with Kavanaugh's credentials, "it's very hard for anyone to tell me that he's not qualified for the job".

Obviously, dramatic news about Kavanaugh's record or values that proves disqualifying would change the nature of the confirmation process.

Presidents of both major parties have been choosing nominees of similar professional and educational experience for decades because the stakes have risen so high in filling Supreme Court vacancies. And there is no record of Kavanaugh favoring overturning judicial precedents. That's something that Paul, who has a strong libertarian streak, has been vocal about opposing.

Still, Paul is No. 2 on the list because he hasn't issued his support yet.

The Democrats are going to make a lot of noise about blocking Kavanaugh, to appease party progressives ahead of midterms, knowing full well they won't stop Kavanaugh's confirmation. To Democrats, he's a threat to women's reproductive rights and the Obama health care program.

Last year, however, he said the complete opposite, that "you can't ask a potential judge who's nominated for a judgeship about a specific case that might come before them".

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