Editorial: This political tug of war over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh could hurt Dems

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

This week, a political tug of war is being waged over President Trump’s controversial nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.  Republicans are pushing Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation through the U.S. Senate as fast as they possibly can because they know the longer this process continues the more time they’ll be for moderate senators like Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to have second-thoughts about voting for him.  Democrats are resisting the nomination by using the few levers of power they hold to delay the confirmation vote for as long as they can, and by rallying around the sexual assault allegations made against Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford regarding an incident when both were in high school.

The problem for Democrats ahead of the pivotal November midterm elections is the lack of a coherent and effective strategy.  With Independents’ record disapproval of Trump, this is not the…

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