At 53, Kavanaugh, if confirmed, could reasonably expect to serve on the Supreme Court well into the middle of the century - no doubt an attractive prospect to President Trump, who intentionally targeted young candidates for the posting, sources told ABC News.
The Society describes itself as "founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be". "In the end, I think his record speaks for itself". When Wisconsin voters elected President Trump, they knew he'd choose judges who would uphold the Constitution. Sen. "I strongly agree with that principle", he wrote. However, Collins said she would not respond to pressure tactics.
Sen. Tim Kaine gestures during a speech at a campaign kickoff rally in Richmond, Va., April 2, 2018.
"For Republicans, it's Trump honoring what I think many saw as a commitment that he made", Pickerill said.
While Democrats don't likely have the votes to stop the nomination, they're all but guaranteed to do what they can to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation.
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"The Senate must hold Judge Kavanaugh accountable for his deeply concerning record over the past 12 years on the bench", Carper said.
Yet there's little doubt that Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, would shift the nation's highest court further to the right. Capito said Kavanaugh is aware the road to confirmation is not easy.
"He doesn't come to me and say: 'You've got to vote with us on this.' He knows I'll tell him to take a flying leap", said Sen. "And if their votes put the president's choice on the court, it could hasten the move to the left by the party's aggressive activist core, while intensifying the clamor for new, more confrontational leadership".
In the article Democrats are citing, Kavanaugh wrote that the Supreme Court's conclusion in Clinton v. Jones that presidents are not constitutionally entitled to a deferral of civil suits "may well have been entirely correct".
While one national political analyst said McCain, who has been in Arizona since late past year battling brain cancer, may be willing to give up his seat if it would help Kavanaugh be confirmed, another Arizona lawmaker has different thoughts.
West Virginia and 19 other states are suing the federal government to have the law scrapped because lawmakers ended the individual mandate as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In order to prevent Kavanaugh from being confirmed, Schumer must convince one GOP senator to join him and keep everyone in his caucus on board.