Friday, 19 October, 2018

Kavanaugh fight sharpens stakes for midterms

Brandon  The Associated Press Brandon The Associated Press
Faye Gross | 08 October, 2018, 06:00

Senators reassessed Kavanaugh's 50-48 confirmation vote on political shows Sunday morning - and the controversy continued.

When Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the vote, exited the Senate, he was booed and. But I say to you my fellow Americans: "There is one answer: "Vote". Retiring Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins holds the seat, and Democrats hope to flip it.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, perhaps the man most responsible for making the nomination into a confirmation, took it all in and predicted a boon for the GOP.

Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of NY looked ahead to November, appealing to voters beyond the Senate chamber: "Change must come from where change in America always begins: the ballot box".

The conservative was confirmed as judge.

She also said after an event in Norridgewock on Sunday that the response of Mainers has been "overwhelmingly positive:" "Many people have thanked me for my vote and have said that they were very pleased that I did the right thing". That rare procedural maneuver left Kavanaugh with the same two-vote margin he'd have had if Murkowski and Daines had both voted.

The fundraising page called attention to Kavanaugh's judicial record.

Within minutes, dozens of political and advocacy groups blasted out emailed reactions.

The question was asked in light of the allegations made of newly-appointed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

McConnell and Republicans argued that, since it was an election year, the new president - decided upon by the voters, should get the nomination. "Women will not forget this".

Kavanaugh's nomination was nearly derailed three weeks ago when California professor Christine Blasey Ford accused him of trying to rape her at a 1982 party when they were in high school. Although Democrats still maintain an advantage in competitive House races, the past two weeks appear to have shifted momentum in the fight for the Senate majority back to the Republicans. "Big day for America!" he tweeted.

"Very, very good", Trump said.

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"I've had the honor of serving in the Senate for almost 22 years, and this is as ugly a situation as I've ever seen during that time", Collins said.

But the fight was defined by the sexual assault accusations. By holding back Ford's accusations until shortly before the Kavanaugh hearings, they engaged in party politics as well and, at least theoretically, prevented Republicans from withdrawing Kavanaugh early enough to field another candidate.

Hours before the vote, more than 1,000 protesters, mostly women, broke through barricades and staged a raucous sit-in protest on the US Capitol steps, just feet away from the imposing doors to the Rotunda. In the 2nd Congressional District, which includes western Wilson County, Republican U.S. Rep. George Holding had not released a statement as of 5:30 p.m. Hundreds of other demonstrators watched from behind barricades.

Protesters also disrupted the vote itself in the US Senate multiple times before being dragged.

Trump, throughout the day, insisted Kavanagh would not be tainted by the sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford and others that almost tanked his nomination, declaring he was "100 percent" certain his nominee was innocent.

On ABC's "This Week", Hirono was pressed on whether she might support potential future Democratic efforts to impeach Kavanaugh.

She acknowledged the anguish of the protesters who interrupted the historic Senate vote, telling reporters afterward that "I was closing my eyes and praying".

Manchin expressed empathy for sexual assault victims.

"Their strategy to capitalize on the "Me Too" movement for the political purposes backfired on them", Republican strategist Alice Stewart said of Democrats.

Every Democrat except Sen.

Kavanaugh staunchly denied the allegations, but almost all Senate Democrats voted against his confirmation.

Kavanaugh would replace the retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was a swing vote on issues such as abortion, campaign finance and same-sex marriage.

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