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Stephen Colbert blasts Trump's Supreme Court nominee

12 July 2018, 06:39 | Dale Webster

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Already, the two are sharpening their cases against Kavanaugh. "Let's be clear about what this is about, it's about government taking on the decision about a woman and what she does with her body".

Senator Kamala Harris added: "Listen if you are a young woman in America or you care about young woman in America pay close attention to this nomination".

Manchin noted that he had "great concern" about what a conservative-majority court would mean for the Affordable Care Act's provisions benefiting those with pre-existing conditions.

Collins also appears to have staked out a slightly stronger position on Roe v. Wade than Murkowski: "From my perspective, Roe v. Wade is an important precedent, and it is settled law", she told reporters last week.

Democrats in red states facing re-election in November face a "nightmare" over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court - ultimately coming up against "a lose-lose situation", pollster Doug Schoen said Wednesday.

"With his pick of Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump has done everything in his power to push the Supreme Court into the world of ultra-conservatism", said Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

A liberal group, Demand Justice, has promised its own $5 million ad campaign to defeat Kavanaugh, focused on Democratic senators from Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia and Republicans from ME and Alaska.

"He was nominated by President Trump, he owes his nomination to President Trump, and with an issue of this magnitude regarding President Trump, will he be able to be independent and evaluate the arguments on both sides with no feeling of obligation or being beholden to the person who put him in the job in the first place?"

Leonard Leo, Vice President of the Federalist Society, has been called the puppeteer behind Trump's court choices, but that narrative overlooks the influence of McGahn, also a Federalist Society member.




The former California attorney general is the last member of the Senate Judiciary Committee to ask questions in hearings. For pro-life aficionados and people who believe same-sex marriage should be a given, this does not bode well.

According to the New York Times, McConnell fears that Democrats could use this material to delay confirmation hearings - you know, because Democrats would like to thoroughly evaluate the record of the nominee as part of the confirmation process. But after serving in the administration of President George W. Bush, Kavanaugh's opinion changed. "Answer yes or no", Harris shot back.

Later, Arizona Republican Sen.

That line of thinking would be useful to Trump, who is unlikely to face impeachment so long as Republicans control Congress. That's Republicans and Democrats alike.

In the Judiciary Committee in April, she also prompted Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg to contradict himself several times about why the company did not inform tens of millions of users in 2015 that their data had been improperly sold.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., pointed to the Women's March statement as proof that he was correct when he said Sunday that Trump "could nominate George Washington and the left would go insane". And should the 85-year-old Justice Ginsburg too, come to be replaced in the near future by a Trump nominee, the court could conceivably have a 6-3 conservative majority.

Another sometimes-mentioned 2020 presidential prospect, Minnesota Sen.

But any events that prolong the replacement of Justice Kennedy - especially past the midterm elections - would elevate the Supreme Court fight in the minds of many voters, thereby improving GOP prospects.

Colbert pointed out how Kavanaugh has been involved in many Republican legal battles - from Elian Gonzalez being returned to Cuba, to Bush v. Gore, which taught everyone what a hanging chad is - and said that's probably why some consider Kavanaugh the "Forrest Gump of Republican politics".



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