Weekly survey: Will Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed to the Supreme Court?

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Garland's nomination came in March, nine months before an election.

"The Republicans have enough senators for a confirmation, and the Republican senators have not signaled any real appetite to say no", he said, adding that even if Kavanaugh were blocked, it's unlikely Trump's next pick would be any more palatable to Democrats.

Remember: This is precisely what McConnell flagged for Trump as a potential problem with Kavanaugh's nomination: Never that he wasn't qualified, but that his extensive time in government service, and the documents that come with it, cannot only lead to possible surprises and also give Democrats grounds - legitimate or not - to delay consideration of the nomination.

The second scenario is like the first, except with one or two Republicans opposing Kavanaugh, thereby putting Democratic senators in Republican states in the hot seat. John McCain of Arizona, nearly every vote matters. The Senate eliminated its filibuster rule for Supreme Court nominees in 2017.

She said despite the "Antifa-like resistance" to the nomination, Kavanaugh could have been nominated by any Republican president.

Manchin says he'll review Kavanaugh's record closely - and with particular attention to health care.

Instead, in possibly the most consequential decision of the modern era, Citizens United v Federal Election Commission, the Court rejected the case brought to it by the parties, and substituted its own. The Alaska Republican won't be an easy sell. "But my first look is that he certainly has the qualifications, but I know that there will be further process", Murkowski said. "It's a lot to look at". Trump also has suggested he could pardon himself.

But: Donnelly has also demonstrated a willingness to vote against Trump on big votes, like the tax bill. "That sounds less like a Supreme Court justice and more like a waiter at a Ruby Tuesday's".

Kavanaugh has been particularly skeptical of regulation that is only tenuously related to legislation passed by Congress, Shapiro said.

Greens, though, see an ally in the ME senator with a 63 percent rating from the League of Conservation Voters. "A thorough vetting of Judge Kavanaugh's body of work will be critical for the Senate to fulfill its shared responsibility-which I take very seriously", Jones tweeted Monday night.

Trump's frequent Senate GOP nemesis, who is not running for re-election, could be a wild card in the race to 50 votes.

"The president believes that the proper consideration for a nominee to the court is not about litmus tests".

The Supreme Court may not have time for leisurely deliberation, Dellinger said.

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The selection of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court will have less of an impact on November's midterms than you think.

When they do meet, it won't hurt that Kavanaugh's Senate guide will be former GOP Senate Whip Jon Kyl - a Flake ally whom he replaced in the chamber five years ago.

As is tradition, after his meeting Tuesday with McConnell, the nominee will go through Judiciary Committee members before moving onto the broader Senate.

But it would be wrong to dismiss Kennedy as simply a funnyman.

Arch enemy Trump is going to beat him with Judge Kavanaugh.

The pick, as expected, disappointed liberals concerned about reproductive rights and civil liberties but was welcomed by conservatives as an opportunity to reshape the court for perhaps decades.

Linder said it's more likely Kavanaugh would vote with the other conservatives to chip away at Roe vs. Wade on a state-by-state basis.

Reversing the landmark case would not automatically make abortion illegal across the country. Kavanaugh has taken an aggressive view in favor of executive authority.

"The only question about Roe is whether it will be officially overruled or cut back to the point where as a practical matter for women seeking abortions, there isn't much difference", he said.

Compared to some of Trump's other options, Kavanaugh is "more of a moderate conservative", McDaniel said: he is a textualist and originalist, but also says he would adhere to precedent.

Other Democrats are anxious about Kavanaugh's written opinion that a President should not face legal action for a crime while in office.

SHAPIRO: West Virginia, Indiana - do you think that would. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Sen. It won't happen. Kavanaugh has specifically said he is for nothing that far-reaching. But he did vote to confirm Gorsuch previous year. He called Kavanaugh a "brilliant jurist" who has "devoted his life to public service".

KING: What changed when that ruling was handed down in 1973?

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