One case likely to draw attention is Kavanaugh's 2015 dissenting opinion on the health care law's contraceptives mandate.
Kavanaugh graduated from Yale Law School and clerked for Kennedy in the mid-1990s.
Kavanaugh is a longtime fixture of the Republican legal establishment.
Susan Collins said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, has an impressive background for the job. "Locked in from the start", is how CNN puts it, adding that Trump liked the 53-year-old for the top court even before Anthony Kennedy announced he was leaving.
But it wasn't just Kavanuagh who the left was prepared to protest: It was all of the president's anticipated justice picks. Progressive stalwart Sherrod Brown of OH said: "I will make a decision after meeting with him".
Leo also responded to critics who bashed him, as well as Kavanaugh and another candidate, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, for their Catholic beliefs.
Yet there's little doubt that Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, would shift the nation's highest court further to the right.
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby described Kavanaugh's nomination as "an excellent choice".
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On the Israeli Supreme Court, the balance between liberal and conservative among the 15 justices is close to a tie. Others have seen an even deeper ulterior motive in the choice of a man who is seen as a Bush loyalist, a fact that should have put off Trump: Kavanaugh sees the United States presidency as such a unique and challenging job that he believes the White House occupant should be shielded from indictment, prosecution, or interrogation while in office. Since the mandate did not kick in until 2014, he wrote, the court could not render an opinion. "But if we can make that case, we will get a majority".
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. "Americans do not want or need 40 more years of Trump's values".
Patrick Morrisey, now West Virginia's attorney general, said Tuesday afternoon that he expects Manchin to straddle the fence on Kavanaugh, calling it "the Joe Manchin way". And all three are running for re-election in November in states Trump won.
Jones was among the Democratic lawmakers invited to the announcement at the White House but did not attend. His article was adapted from remarks he made at the University of Minnesota Law School on October 17, 2008, a couple of weeks before the presidential election.
Amar's endorsement is remarkable because by his own admission, he strongly supported Hillary Clinton for president as well as President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland, whose confirmation was stalled by Republicans.
"We look forward to the confirmation process and it will unfold in the next few weeks", said Sen. And if Collins said "No thanks", then Democrats would have at least demonstrated to their pro-choice supporters that they are willing to sacrifice their partisan interests to principle in so important a matter. Members of the ME congressional delegation weighed in shortly after the 9 p.m. announcement. Leahy disagrees, and he said Kavanaugh's philosophy - and its obvious appeal to a president who is now under investigation - is a threat to the basic structure of American democracy. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said.
Grassley said a speedy confirmation wasn't necessarily the goal.
Republicans changed the Senate's rules past year to allow them to confirm a Supreme Court justice with a simple majority vote.
It also informed many of his rulings on executive power, where he largely has backed the president's authority to hire and fire officials at government agencies and offered his support to the White House and military commission process amid challenges from detainees.
"He came from a list of an organization that is openly hostile to civil rights", Cox said.