On Monday night, President Donald Trump announced Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his pick for the next Supreme Court justice.
By early Tuesday morning, protesters were already at the Supreme Court building and lining the streets of Washington, D.C., in opposition of the nomination.
But even before the official announcement was made, it was already clear Trump would select a conservative judge — and that liberals would oppose his choice no matter who it was.
Not only does Kavanaugh’s nomination have the potential to solidify a conservative-majority Supreme Court, but it also may lock down Republican control of both houses of Congress.
According to Senator Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Kavanaugh’s nomination leaves Democrats in red states with a “nightmare decision.”
According to Fox News contributor Doug Schoen, if Democrats running for reelection choose to oppose Kavanaugh, they risk alienating voters and losing their own election in their states. But if they choose to support Kavanaugh, it’s likely the democratic party won’t have enough votes to keep their seats or regain the majority.
If history is any indication, Kavanaugh will be confirmed, as the court has never rejected a nominee in the same political party as the sitting president, Fox News reports.
And with the Democratic party’s current division on many key issues, a vote in favor of Trump’s nominee may be in the future for many red state senators.
Liberals may breathe a small sigh of relief knowing Kavanaugh is in favor of following precedent when it comes to previous high court rulings. However, there are a few key issues in which he is expected to remain aligned with his party, including religious liberty and gun control.
If Democrats are looking to take back the Senate, voting in favor of Kavanaugh may be their only chance. As the election approaches, they need to keep in mind that vote against him could open the door for Republicans to quickly take their place.
The way things currently stand, if every Republican senator confirms the nomination, any Democratic votes against Kavanaugh won’t be enough to stop him from joining the Supreme Court.
Trumps choice has left Democratic senators between a rock and a hard place — and if I had to guess, I’d say that’s right where he wants them.
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