Published: Sat, October 13, 2018

Pollsters Have Some Devastating News For Senate Democrats

Pollsters Have Some Devastating News For Senate Democrats

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.

Three of the judges are for the powerful circuit courts of appeals, while the other 12 were for district court positions. Vice President Mike Pence gives Republicans the tie-breaking vote.

Republicans have seen a bump in polling since Kavanaugh' confirmation.

- Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball (UVA Center for Politics): North Dakota moves from "Toss-up" to "Leans Republican"; gives GOP "a clearer edge" of keeping control of Senate to Republicans.

"You can not be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for", adds Mrs. Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, before cutting to left-wing protesters pounding on the doors of the U.S. Supreme Court. They need a net gain of two seats to win back the Senate, but, if anything, Republicans are more likely to gain a seat.

Trump didn't help by apologising to Kavanaugh and his family for their "pain and suffering", says Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post.

But Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat, said some of the nominees "are clearly controversial", meaning Democratic leaders had to balance their desire to get their candidates home with essentially allowing judges they oppose to advance.

"It's not about me right now, it's about individual races", he said.

So widespread discontent with the new justice - likely to be a swing vote on many high-profile Supreme Court cases - will serve to erode the court's authority and weaken faith in American institutions. I didn't believe the polls because I think they have tremendous energy.

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