Conservatives Ready Their War Chests For Major Supreme Court Fight - Katie Pavlich

US President Donald Trump confers with the media upon arrival at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown New Jersey

The choice could be made all the more hard for Casey if Trump nominates Thomas Hardiman, now serving as a judge on the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals which covers part of Pennsylvania, and who was first appointed to serve in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh in 2003.

President Donald Trump chose Brett Kavanaugh, a solidly conservative, politically connected judge, for the Supreme Court Monday night, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to shift the nation's highest court ever further to the right.

Earlier this year he was enlisted by Facebook to help examine whether the social media site had a liberal bias.

The White House noted Kyl served on the Senate Judiciary Committee "during the confirmations of 4 of the last 5 justices who have joined the Supreme Court". Kennedy, a member of the Judiciary Committee, which will get the first chance to question the nominee, predicted a "rough, tough, down in the dirt, ear-pulling, nose-biting fight".

The president and White House officials involved in the process have fielded calls and messages and have been on the receiving end of public pleas and op-eds for or against specific candidates since Kennedy announced on June 27 that he would retire this summer. Kelly Ayotte served as the sherpa for Justice Neil Gorsuch in 2017.

Kethledge, a former Kennedy law clerk, has sat on the 6th Circuit since 2008 after being nominated by George W. Bush.

At that time, 51 percent said President Obama should replace Scalia right away, but 43 percent said the choice should be left to the new president elected in November.

At least one other Democrat, Sen.

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"This list is the bidding of corporate special interests hell-bent on handing health care over to insurance companies, crushing unions that represent working men and women, and promoting policies that will leave the middle-class further behind", said Casey.

Thank you so much for being with us, Senator Leahy. Joe Donnelly, West Virginia Sen.

That increases the focus on two Republicans - Sen. That doesn't mean I'm going to vote 'yes.' It doesn't mean I'm going to vote 'no.' I think it's premature to say automatically - I'm not going to say automatically that I'm going to vote against any nominee that Donald Trump put out there. The two have supported access to abortion services. "Any judge on this list is fruit of a corrupt process straight from the D.C. swamp".

Hardiman has a tale Republicans like McConnell love: a former taxi driver from the key swing state of Pennsylvania who comes with the recommendation of fellow 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Maryanne Trump Barry - the president's sister.

"Bob Casey is so blinded by partisanship that he is opposing a nominee for the Supreme Court before the pick is announced".

J.J. McCullough of National Review argues that a "more rightward Supreme Court will yield many good things, yet political enthusiasm for outcomes should not supersede all other concerns". But his supporters have cited his experience and wide range of legal opinions. This - whoever is nominated, whoever he or she is, if they're confirmed, they're going to be there for a long time.

With a slim one vote majority in the Senate, any GOP defections could prove problematic in winning confirmation for Trump's eventual choice, that is if Democrats hold together in opposition.

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