Justice Kavanaugh's Confirmation Process Damaged Senate Democrats

Pauline Gross
October 14, 2018

America owes thanks to Brett Kavanaugh and his family for standing up to the rabble and fascism of the left when he faced-down the lies Senate Democrats told about him last week, and we wish him congratulations for his elevation to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Democrats counter that the Kavanaugh fallout has enraged many women voters upset with the way the Senate confirmation battle turned out, likely increasing Democratic turnout in November and threatening Republican control of the House of Representatives.

Democrats are now certain to make big gains in the House - Republicans have essentially surrendered about a dozen of their seats already - and the only questions remaining will be if they net the 23 seats needed for the majority and, if so, how big can they grow that margin.

Trump has a busy campaign schedule to spread the word that the allegations against Kavanaugh were a "hoax that was set up by the Democrats" at what he's called a unsafe time for men who can be falsely accused.

Shifts in impressions of Kavanaugh are coming most sharply at the extremes.

The confirmation tumultuous judge Kavanaugh, who is accused by a university of an attempted rape dating back to an evening high school in 1982, is taking place in a country politically very polarized, where the mobilization for the movement #MeToo on the issue of sexual assault remains very strong.

Women's March Chicago said in a statement that it was targeting the "anti-woman agenda of the White House and the Republican party". Women as a whole support an investigation 58 percent to 37 percent, while men are almost evenly split on that matter, with 47 percent supporting an investigation and 49 percent opposing it.

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An even larger majority of people support a further congressional objection of Kavanaugh - 53 percent - while only 43 percent oppose a probe.

It's possible that events over the next few weeks will change that arithmetic, but for now, Republican net Senate gains seem more likely than Democratic gains.

"Through his presiding role in the court's conferences and his assignment of court opinions, he might redouble his efforts to find compromises that avoid party-line votes in cases", they wrote. The Post cited sources who said the complaints addressed Kavanaugh's alleged dishonesty and a lack of judicial temperament. The message to Republican voters: Democrats are employing radical tactics that are only growing worse. Significantly more women think the committee's actions were deficient, 56 percent vs. 43 percent.

McConnell criticized Clinton, who said on CNN this week that "civility can start again" after Democrats capture the House or Senate in next month's elections. Similarly, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had a 41 percent unfavorable rating and a 27 percent favorable rating.

While Democrats have forced Republicans to use extra debate time repeatedly on nominations, GOP leaders have been relentless in using time on the Senate floor for judicial picks by President Trump in 2017 and 2018, confirming 84 judges to all levels of the judiciary. "They just try to identify you, what tribe do you belong to, and I tell them I belong to the American tribe and West Virginia is the best branch we've got", Manchin said in an interview a few days before he broke with Democrats to vote for Kavanaugh.

A recent poll by OH Predictive Insights and ABC15 Arizona found that in that state's Senate election, Republican candidate Martha McSally has a six-point lead over Democratic nominee Kyrsten Sinema, with 47 percent for McSally, 41 percent for Sinema, 4 percent for Green Party candidate Angela Green and 8 percent of voters undecided.

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