After much hemming and hawing, the two Republican senators most apt to withhold their support, Maine's Susan Collins and Alaska's Lisa Murkowski, will ultimately back the nominee, saying they are comfortable with his record and temperament.
Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer is going to have enough trouble getting all Red-State Democrats to vote against Kavanaugh, let alone getting any Republicans to vote no. A simple majority is required.
If McCaskill, Heitkamp, Donnelly and Manchin vote against confirmation and the GOP comes up a single vote short, each one of the vulnerable Democrats becomes the "deciding" vote against a conservative, well-credentialed Supreme Court nominee who was selected by a president popular with Republicans. All but four Presidents so far have appointed at least one justice; every President who has served more than one term has appointed a justice.
But according to PRRI's American Values Atlas, in 2014, ME had the 3rd highest support for legal abortion in the USA - with 67% who said it should be legal in most or all cases, following New Hampshire (73%) and Vermont (69%). He called Kavanaugh a "brilliant jurist" who has "devoted his life to public service".
Later he was part of Bush's legal team working on the 2000 Florida recount, which resulted in Bush's winning the presidency.
Before he was a judge, he ran an investigation into the death of a deputy adviser to President Bill Clinton.
"I understand people won't like him because of the way he's likely to rule on certain issues". The report outlined in broad detail grounds on which to impeach President Clinton for his role in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.More news: Rodolfo Rodriguez: Full Story of 92-Year-Old Assaulted In Texas
The senator added that "President Trump could nominate George Washington and they would all be up in arms". Senate Democrats don't have a majority, however, and they are powerless to block the nomination unless some Senate Republicans join them. He is vowing that there will be a thorough vetting of Kavanaugh in the committee.
With a more conservative make-up, it's possible the court may overturn Massachussets vs. EPA. It's worth remembering that the prospective justice will take more questions in the coming weeks about his position on abortion and Roe vs. Wade. "In that case, I say moms of three or more kids ought to be able to murder at will".
They believe that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may try to make the president testify in his investigation of the Trump campaign's possible links to Russian Federation.
Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the national Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, meanwhile accused the Trump administration of being relentless in its efforts to reverse civil rights legislations that afforded protection to women. This would be risky for many Americans, but especially the disability community, which has seen expanded access to care under this legislation.
Stephen Colbert is "still recovering from watching America's Next Top Justice", alluding to President Trump's reality-show-ification of announcing his new Supreme Court Justice nominee.
"An "operative" makes it sound like someone who just sort of didn't care what the facts were and was only interested in painting it in its most unflattering" light, Leipold said.
"I think he's going to do well", he said.
Though Democrats - egged on by an energized progressive base - are promising to fiercely oppose Kavanaugh, they have no real power to stop Kavanaugh's confirmation. And if Democrats capture the Senate in the midterm elections before a replacement is confirmed, it could mean an extended vacancy for the court.