Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Kavanaugh takes seat on Supreme Court as protesters outside shout ’SHAME’

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Steve Townsend | 11 October, 2018, 01:22

House Democrats' lead in the generic congressional ballot has slightly increased in the wake of the bombshell hearing for now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, according to a newly released survey from CNN - numbers that conflict with some other recent polling and push back on the narrative that the Kavanaugh hearings were a political win for the GOP.

Trump's ceremony speech hammered a theme he has been hitting on all week: hoping to energize Republicans by attacking Democrats for opposing Kavanaugh.

Beside the gender gap, McConnell says Republicans "also had an enthusiasm gap".

While they may have gotten their base riled up, Democrats seem to have hurt themselves overall with their ruthless political machinations during Justice Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing. "I think you're going to see a lot of things happening on November 6 that wouldn't have".

During a MS rally, President Trump made statements mocking the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers.

"Seriously, Hillary?" was the reaction of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, who was seriously wounded a year ago when a shooter - who was a registered Democrat - targeted a Congressional Republican baseball practice in Virginia. And in one of its first acts for its new session, the Court may have just ensured that Republicans hold the Senate in the midterms.

The 53-year-old justice was sworn in on Saturday evening in a private ceremony at the Supreme Court.

Mr Kavanaugh's elevation to the high court had been considered safe until California university professor Christine Blasey Ford went public with explosive allegations that he had sexually assaulted her in 1982, while they were in high school.

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In a ceremony that could have been a unifying moment for the nation, Trump instead delivered remarks that even he acknowledged began "differently than perhaps any other event of such magnitude".

But McConnell emphasized Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press he hasn't criticized Feinstein's handling of the matter.

McConnell said that the tactics failed to sway Senate Republicans.

A new Rasmussen Report noted that 54 percent of likely USA voters are more likely to vote in the November midterm elections as a result of the controversy surrounding Kavanaugh. He noted that Murkowski won election on write-in votes in 2010 and said, "She's about as strong as you can possibly be in Alaska". Murkowski voted against advancing Kavanaugh's nomination and "present" on the final vote.

He said his approval rating has nearly doubled since the Kavanaugh confirmation.

"She's certainly going to recover", he said. Republicans slammed Clinton for her statement, especially as it came after Republicans were "shot, stabbed, doxxed, beaten, mailed powder, run out of restaurants, and sent death threats", in the age of the Trump administration.

In reality, Kavanaugh's confirmation lit a match under existing left-right tensions.

Sixty-two percent of voters said that they are angry about the way Kavanaugh was treated by the U.S. Senate, with 42 percent who report that they are "very angry".

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