Sen. Hassan opposes Kavanaugh's nomination

Sergio Conner
September 14, 2018

Vice President Pence expressed disappointment in the behavior of some Democrats during the confirmation hearing, calling it a "circus" during an interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace. Some emails warned Kavanaugh not to distribute talking points from the Democrats on the committee.

Questioning of the 53-year-old appellate judge wound down without him revealing much about his judicial stances or making any serious mistakes that might jeopardize his confirmation.

In any other time period, his temperament, patience, decency, and impartibility would carry Kavanaugh to a 95 plus confirmation vote. Several Republicans would have to flip because Republicans hold a 51-49 edge in the Senate. The documents had been unethically obtained and circulated by a Republican Senate aide.

Fallon compared the decision on the court nominee to big votes of the past such as the Iraq War authorization that end up defining lawmakers' careers. Some Democratic senators weren't reassured, pointing to mass school shootings committed with semi-automatic rifles. Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. As I've said in some of my opinions, we are all equally American no matter what religion we are or no religion at all. She and Republican Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas., on Thursday.

Trump, campaigning in Fargo, North Dakota, said the Democrats had made fools of themselves and crowed that he was looking forward to running against "one of those people" in 2020.

He said he regularly serves meals with Catholic Charities' St. Maria's Meals program in Washington and that talking to the people there helps him to understand the situation that they are in. Heidi Heitkamp. "I'll be running against them and I look so forward to it". "For that reason, I urge the Senate to give its advice and consent to his nomination".

"Independents are looking for things to work", said David Winston, a Republican pollster.

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Democrats interrupted the hearing within seconds of it starting during the first day of testimony. We had a good conversation about how he would be on the Supreme Court. And just having the fight probably energized the Democratic base.

Booker was supported by Democratic Sens.

"This is about the closest I'll probably ever have in my life to an "I am Spartacus" moment", Booker said, referring to the 1960 film in which a gladiator played by Kirk Douglas leads a slave revolt against the ancient Roman Empire. They debated options, Schumer said, but decided on a strategy of staying in the room for questions, protest and disruption. They were released by the committee minutes later.

Gone are the niceties and overtures of an earlier era, when senators deferred to a president's prerogative to put in place a qualified nominee of the commander in chief's choosing.

Senators on the Judiciary Committee are likely to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation on September 20 with a vote by the full Senate the following week.

Schumer, on Friday, seemed pleased with the result of the hard-edged approach.

"Ultimately if you have a court that has a vision of America that is narrow, that is not reflective of the changing demographics and the needs of the country, then the Constitution becomes a stale document and the Supreme Court becomes viewed as partisan and political", Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of civil rights groups opposing Kavanaugh's nomination, said in an interview Monday.

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