Democrats on Wednesday were reorienting their uphill push to block U.S. Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court, moving healthcare to the center of their strategy and putting less emphasis on abortion rights.
Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of CT said on Wednesday that Trump, in choosing Kavanaugh, is "trying to rig a Supreme Court such that it will strike down protections for pre-existing conditions and he has a case ready to move to the Supreme Court to do just that".
But if it requires Democratic votes to confirm Kavanaugh, I don't think any Democrats will supply them. Manchin has. But Donnelly echoed Manchin when he said, "I work for the people of IN and I want them to have a voice IN this". As a Circuit Court judge, Kavanaugh issued one ruling concerning abortion.
If any Democrats provide the swing vote that puts Trump's nominee on the high court, many on the left will be furious and abandon them on Election Day. Susan Collins, of ME, a supporter of abortion rights who represents a mostly blue state - ME is able to split its electoral college votes, with one district consistently blue and the second a battleground.
"This issue, I think, will affect a lot of people who are sort of OK with Trump but think there needs to be a check and balance", Schumer said.
So far, centrist 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.
Despite Kavanaugh's qualifications, some Democrats have already expressed opposition. But Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who also met with Kavanaugh on Wednesday - and, as a former attorney general, once worked with him during practice for a session before the court - said he was hopeful the committee could begin its work during the final week of August. "A woman's right to make her own health care decisions is at risk".
"There's a potential here for things to get really snarled", he said, adding he believes the Senate should hold off on a confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh until all the documents are reviewed.
The Affordable Care Act is "wildly popular and necessary in the reddest of states", said Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of NY, in an interview Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".
Administration officials told Politico that Trump spent the most time with Kavanaugh out of the other three candidates - he was interviewed at least twice - and was impressed with Kavanaugh's credentials and "fidelity to the Constitution", in Politico's words.
Since 1988, Justice Kennedy has maintained a somewhat moderate balance in a sharply divided court, with four dedicated conservative judges on one side and four liberal judges on the other.
That insider status can help Kavanaugh win over the Washington elite and secure enough Senate votes to avoid an embarrassing loss for Trump.
And then there's the math problem: Let's say Kavanaugh is utterly corrupt, that he plans to serve as Trump's toady on the Supreme Court. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who all voted for Trump's initial Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, last year.
They would once again have an enthusiasm edge over Republicans, who could no longer make the midterms a referendum on the Supreme Court and would tend to feel as if they had won the war, not just a single battle.
"With that in mind, it would be appropriate for Congress to enact a statute providing that any personal civil suits against presidents, like certain members of the military, be deferred while the President is in office", Kavanaugh wrote.
Ingraham pointed out that prominent Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Sen.
Chief Justice John Roberts will soon lose his majority on the Supreme Court.