Numbers Still Favor Kavanaugh's Confirmation to Supreme Court

Cesar Mills
September 12, 2018

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBeto O'Rourke's mom hits the campaign trail in Texas Senate race GOP spends big on ads to defend Senate majority McConnell: Election will be "very challenging" for Senate Republicans MORE (R-Texas) blamed the "far Left" in a tweet for a "harassment campaign" against the moderate ME senator, calling the comments toward Collins and her staff "truly shameful" and an example of "the desperation of the radicals to try to stop" Kavanaugh's confirmation.

While a few observers have taken his answers to mean that "Roe and Casey are going nowhere", Kavanaugh's pro-life supporters and pro-abortion foes both argue his non-committal answers were phrased to navigate a narrowly-divided Senate, and that he ultimately would vote to overturn Roe.

"In The Washington Post's Fact Checker column, Glenn Kessler concludes that California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris' statement that Kavanaugh "'uncritically used the term "abortion-inducing drugs", which is a dog whistle term used by extreme anti-choice groups to describe birth control, '" at the hearing was misleading; Kessler awards Harris four Pinocchios. If Collins votes yes on Kavanaugh, organizers say the total amount raised will go toward whomever challenges the senator in the future. If she votes no, people can keep their pledges.

However, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said: "Everything the Supreme Court decides is settled law until it unsettles it".

Collins told the AP that she hasn't made up her mind yet.

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Steve Abbott, Collins' chief of staff, said that since the 2016 elections they have noticed an increase in intensity and anger from callers, most from the left, but the right as well. And in recent polls, Manchin has been leading Republican nominee Patrick Morrissey.

But the announcements came from Democrats who signaled skepticism about Kavanaugh when Trump nominated him in July and had been widely assumed to be "no" votes from the start. Nonetheless, a late August poll from NBC News/Marist found the incumbent Democrat leading Republican challenger Mike Braun by 6%.

North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is also a red-state Democrat who voted for Gorsuch's confirmation and is up for reelection this year. She might be running for president, and acknowledging she was wrong about a Republican nominee would certainly hurt her.

Alex Henderson is a news writer at AlterNet and veteran political journalist.

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