Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Kavanaugh fight sharpens the stakes for midterms

President Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally Saturday Oct. 6 2018 in Topeka Kan.					Charlie Riedel  AP President Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally Saturday Oct. 6 2018 in Topeka Kan. Charlie Riedel AP
Kenny Thornton | 09 October, 2018, 00:07

Senator Ed Markey, a Democrat from MA, said the nomination fiasco was an "abysmal definition" of how the system ought to work. "The fact that they were willing to use Dr. Ford's story that was uncorroborated to launch character assassinations on Judge Kavanaugh did not sit well with voters".

Kavanaugh was confirmed Saturday 50-48.

US President Donald Trump says women "were in many ways stronger than the men" in Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's favour.

Brett Kavanaugh ascended to the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday over the widespread objections of women across the country - and one of his first actions was to install an all-female staff.

Melania Trump, while on a trip to Africa, declared her support for Kavanaugh as the Senate confirmed him, saying that he is "highly qualified for the Supreme Court", according to The Guardian. Then an extra Federal Bureau of Investigation probe - which media reports say was drastically curtailed by the White House - also found nothing new and Kavanaugh was finally voted in.

Then came bombshell testimony from university research psychologist Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her at a party when they were in school.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 27.

Only one US supreme court justice has ever been impeached - Samuel Chase, in 1804, who was acquitted by the Senate.

"We have a lot of women that are extremely happy - a tremendous number - because they're thinking of their sons, they're thinking of their husbands and their brothers and their uncles and others and women are, I think, extremely happy", he said.

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Manchin was the only Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation.

There are two big no's to come out of the Kavanaugh hearing - one that has been around for a while, the other that has just joined.

New York Rep. Jerrold Nadler said if Democrats win the House in November, they would open an investigation into Kavanaugh.

"The Senate's not broken", McConnell said. Outside groups are culling an unusually long paper trail from his previous government and political work, with the National Archives and Records Administration expected to release a cache of millions of documents this month.

"Putting strict constructionists, relatively young, on the courts for lifetime appointments is the best way to have a long-term positive impact on America", McConnell said, "And today is a seminal moment in that effort".

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

Collins, one of the few pro-choice Republicans in the Senate, has asserted that Kavanaugh considers Roe v. Wade "settled law" and would not vote to overturn that 1973 decision. "But what you just said now was it's a question of whether or not the party in control of the Senate is different from the president".

Republicans are trying to cling to a narrow 51-49 Senate majority in congressional elections that will be held on November 6.

Absent a new controversy in the next 30 days, that's the direction in which the Senate race appears to be moving: Right.

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