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Trump's surprisingly conventional Supreme Court pick Edward Morrissey

11 July 2018

In what is likely to be one of the most consequential decisions of his presidency, Trump selected Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

The 53-year-old has served as a Court of Appeals judge since 2006.

Kavanaugh now faces what appears to be another fierce fight for confirmation in the Senate, where Trump's fellow Republicans hold a slim majority.

It is not yet a done deal as the nominee must be confirmed by the US Senate, which Trump's Republican party narrowly controls by 51-49. As a jurist, Kavanaugh has always been seen as a conservative's conservative, but he's worked as long in the political sphere as in the judiciary. But according to Bream, that anger turned to threats from protesters in front of the Supreme Court.

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By fall, the nomination may turn on a handful of senators who will be under enormous pressure ahead of the midterm elections.

Demand Justice, the liberal advertising counterpart, has committed to $5 million in digital and television ads, focused on two potential Republican swing votes, Sens. "Are you ready to defend Roe vs. Wade?" The two have supported access to abortion services, and activists have already begun sending wire coat hangers, as a symbol of an era when abortion was illegal, to Collins' office.

"Very few times I've felt threatened while out in the field. Where are we?", she added. "We are asking people to get public commitments from senators to oppose the nominee".

He is, in many ways, similar to Trump's first Supreme Court pick Justice Neil Gorsuch, said Eric Boehm, reporter at

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Among their targets are Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, as well as Doug Jones of Alabama, who is not up for re-election but represents a conservative state in the Deep South. "Over the weeks to come, I hope that the Senate acts quickly to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court", he said in a release.

What is nearly certain - and those across the political spectrum agree - is that Kavanaugh's selection will spark a major confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority and opposition Democrats say they will fight to prevent the high court from swinging further to the right. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. So instead of the dark horses who caught his eye or the female rising star his base and some noisy columnists kept touting, he circled back to the best-known, deepest-résuméd, most-vouched-for choice, and gave us Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the nominee.

Trump unveiled his pick showbiz style, in a suspense-filled prime-time televised announcement Monday evening.

One would think Trump would have balked at Kavanaugh's closeness to the political and legal establishment. "The protests were raucous; chants, posters and bullhorns on both sides". "In my federal criminal law class, I love teaching his opinions because they are smart, thoughtful, and clear".

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Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey spoke with 7News about Kavanaugh and said that "he will become a rubber stamp for a conservative, right-wing agenda".

Trump's surprisingly conventional Supreme Court pick Edward Morrissey