CURL: Democrats' Scorched-Earth Strategy On Kavanaugh Backfires, Energizes GOP Voters

GOP leadership disagrees on whether they’d try to confirm a Supreme Court justice in 2020

Clearing the judicial nominees provided a signature walk-off for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has focused on reshaping the judiciary with more conservative jurists.

The complaints were initially filed with the federal appeals court in Washington DC, where Kavanaugh served for the last 12 years before being confirmed to the US Supreme Court on Saturday.

Republican leaders made clear throughout the year they had no qualms about keeping senators in Washington until very close to Election Day. "The American people are sick of the display that's been put on here in the United States Senate in the guise of a confirmation process".

But Democrats are defending 25 seats, so being back home is more consequential for them. That rout was even worse across the country: the GOP gained 680 seats in state legislative races, breaking the previous record of 628 set by Democrats in 1974 after the Watergate scandal. Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota.

No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Dick Durbin of IL said Thursday that his response to GOP accusations of Democratic mob tactics "is to say three words: 'Lock her up'".

"The Democrats are willing to do anything, to hurt anyone, to get the power they so desperately crave", Trump said at a rally in Minnesota last week.

Even before the confirmation, Kavanaugh's opponents had a comeback line, printed on the back of jackets they wore to the Capitol: "November is coming". "Unfortunately, the House has only been in session for 10 days since the beginning of August, while the Senate has been working hard - a telling statistic about the politics and work ethic in the House this year".

"Honest to God, I would answer that question, but I'm going to let you guys do that assessment", he said.

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But Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat, said some of the nominees "are clearly controversial", meaning Democratic leaders had to balance their desire to get their candidates home with essentially allowing judges they oppose to advance.

"The more outrageous our Democratic colleagues treat this nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, the more energized Republican voters are becoming, because they realize what the alternative is", he told Politico.

"It's not about me right now, it's about individual races", he said. "Maybe", Trump resolved, pointing to a shared interest between Republicans and Democrats in getting an infrastructure deal done.

"Things could tighten up [before the midterm election], I suspect they will tighten up and we'll have another churn over the next one, two, three weeks", Scarborough said on today's airing of Morning Joe.

Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat running in West Virginia, which Trump won by 46 points, said he expected McConnell would demand a lot in return for letting Democrats go. "I think probably next week." . "We need to do that".

A big reason for Democrats is that they believe they are winning on the issue.

At Monday's East Room ceremony, Trump again invoked the rhetoric Republicans are using to frame the whole episode: Kavanaugh, Trump said, had been "proven innocent", even though critics say the investigation was not thorough enough to merit that conclusion.

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