New Poll Shows Blue Wave Thriving Following Kavanaugh Fight

Alicia Farmer
October 10, 2018

President Donald Trump, right, applauds as Justice Brett Kavanaugh hugs his wife Ashley Kavanaugh, following a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony of Kavanaugh as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States conducted by Justice Anthony Kennedy in the East Room of the White House today in Washington.

The president-whose Republicans fear losing at least the lower chamber of Congress-predicted that Democrats would pay for their attempts to block the confirmation, especially during the lurid debate over decades-old sexual assault allegations. He called the dearth of women Republican candidates winning elections "a great frustration" and said those in the Senate now "just haven't been interested" in serving on the panel that confirms judges and justices. "We've always had that", though in general "it clearly is wider than it used to be".

On a positive note for his party, he said he expects the Kavanaugh confirmation fight and approval to provide an "adrenaline shot" of GOP enthusiasm at the polls.

Many analysts predict Democrats will be able to take control of the House of Representatives, but it is far from clear if they can also capture the Senate. Before the pivotal vote, several of the women confronting lawmakers in Senate halls were revealed to be high-ranking members of activist groups funded by billionaire liberal financier George Soros. Christine Blasey Ford's bombshell interview with The Washington Post and her emotional testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee threatened to upend the nomination after she accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both in high school.

After Ford's allegation was made public, two other women came forward with allegations of sexual assault. Kavanaugh emphatically denied the allegations. They have included, but were not limited to: a dissenting ruling in favor of stop-and-frisk policing; writing about racial profiling that "The desire to remedy societal discrimination is not a compelling interest;" and decidedly opposing affirmative action.

Alaska Sen. Murkowski was the only Republican who voted against advancing Kavanaugh's nomination to a full roll call, and she voted "present" on the final tally. McConnell says Republicans will try to help Trump "get what he's looking for".

The Alaska Republican Party is considering how it might reprimand Murkowski for her vote, but "leader" McConnell said Wednesday that there is no point in challenging Murkowski because "nobody's going to beat her". He pointed out that Murkowski won election as a write-in vote in 2010.

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Trump's first Supreme Court appointee, Neil Gorsuch, also took part in a White House oath ceremony.

Seconds later, the president's supporters started the familiar "Lock her up!" chant.

Feinstein has denied leaking Ford's letter.

The day before the Kavanaugh vote, it received $40,000.

"And I think they're talking about Feinstein, can you believe that?"

"President, you will not fill the Supreme Court vacancy, '" McConnell famously said in August 2016. "100 percent. I don't want to get sued, so 99 percent".

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