Schumer’s Nightmare is Coming TRUE! Kavanaugh is About to Flip This Democrat’s Vote!
Well, Chuck Schumer tried, but like with everything else the Democrats try, this effort is also a failure.
We’re of course referring to blocking Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to SCOTUS.The Democrats never had a chance, but any sliver of hope they did have, was just dissolved.
From Washington Examiner
Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process will take a new turn Monday as he readies for a sit-down with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and begins to meet with Senate Democrats who are largely opposed to his nomination to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
In the opening weeks following his nomination, the judge has met with more than two dozen senators — all Republicans. But that will change Monday, when Kavanaugh sits down with Manchin, who will be the first Democrat to meet with President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
At the moment, Manchin is one of only two Senate Democrats who have scheduled meetings with the judge. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., is scheduled to meet with the Supreme Court hopeful Aug. 15. Others are in the process of scheduling meetings, including Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., whose office is working with the White House toward setting up a meeting with Kavanaugh. With the upcoming meetings, the ballgame for Kavanaugh will begin in earnest.“Now that Kavanaugh has met with a number of Republicans, he’s warmed up and ready to take meetings with Democrats, some whom may not be very inclined to vote for him,” said Ron Bonjean, a GOP strategist who worked on Justice Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation last year. “It’s a very wise strategy to ease in the nominee into that process because he will meet with well over 70-80 senators when all is said and done with. Now it’s going to get a little tougher for him.”
A handful of Senate Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced at the outset of the confirmation fight they intended to oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination.Opposition campaigns have focused primarily on the security of abortion rights and access to affordable healthcare if there are five conservative justices on the high court. Kavanaugh’s detractors have also taken umbrage with his views on executive power, which are amplified given special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian meddling.
“I think the key here to watch for is that some of these Democrats will try to use the words of Kavanaugh and interpret them in some way during the individual meetings and go out and hold a press conference about what was said,” Bonjean said. “One can imagine a [Sen.] Sheldon Whitehouse or a [Sen. Richard] Blumenthal asking about presidential powers, trying to drive a wedge, trying to see what Kavanaugh may say regarding the president.”Blumenthal did just that last year during Gorsuch’s confirmation process, telling reporters after their meeting that Gorsuch disavowed attacks by the president against the judiciary.
Kavanaugh will likely face questions from Democrats about his writings on independent counsel investigations and past comments on executive power, an issue that has taken center stage in his confirmation battle.
But in-person meetings with Democrats skeptical of his views could clear up lingering concerns.
“The meetings give him an opportunity to put into context any of his past comments that have been distorted and to have a face-to-face conversation with senators in order to explain the full context of what he was saying,” a source familiar with the nomination process said.
Despite the stated opposition to Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, other Senate Democrats — particularly those representing states Trump won in 2016 — are reserving judgment.
Manchin, Donnelly, and Heitkamp in particular find themselves in delicate positions ahead of Kavanaugh’s confirmation. The three all supported Gorsuch’s nomination to the high court last year. The trio also represents states Trump won in 2016 and are in the midst of tight re-election races this year.
“For Democrat incumbents like Manchin, Donnelly, Heitkamp, they really have one more chance to show they don’t completely oppose Trump, and voting for Kavanaugh is it,” said one Republican strategist. “They all understand that a high-profile contrast with the popular President Trump in the weeks leading up to a very difficult election would sink their remaining chances of hanging onto their seats.”