Senate Reaches Deal On 15 Judges

Women protest in front of Trump Tower in New York on Oct. 4 against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh

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.

With Kavanaugh's ascension to the high court, Republicans, long dispirited by Trump's string of scandals and the prospect of losing their congressional majorities, are whooping it up. Dianne Feinstein, the 85-year-old California Democrat, deliberately sat on a letter from accuser Christine Blasey Ford for almost two months.

But how important is the Kavanaugh vote in that?

While Democrats hold most statewide offices in the state, the political split in the Legislature is much narrower: Democrats now hold a one-seat advantage in the Senate and a two-seat advantage in the House. But the Democrats knew there was no there there from the beginning.

Perhaps the biggest unanswered question of all is how much voters will still be thinking about anything that happened last week by the time Election Day rolls around.

But a few new polls show that their strategy has badly backfired.

"Senator Heitkamp is back in North Dakota meeting with workers and families across her state", McDonough said. That's the best explanation for Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's decision to agree on Thursday to let 15 more judicial nominees move for a confirmation vote. That 7-point edge is just half of the 52-38 margin in the September 12 survey by Quinnipiac.

And Perry notes that voters ahead of the 2016 election said the Supreme Court was one of the major reasons they were voting for the presidential candidate of their choice.

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Most fascinating in the poll is the comparison with 2010.

Seventeen of the races on the ballot are for open seats with no incumbent: 14 in the House and three in the Senate. That rout was even worse across the country: the GOP gained 680 seats in state legislative races, breaking the previous record of 628 set by Democrats in 1974 after the Watergate scandal.

"The result of hearings, at least in the short run, is the Republican base was awakened", Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, told NPR.

"Kevin [Cramer] is just a great person", the president said of the Republican challenging Democrat Sen.

On Kavanaugh, Thomas added that Utahns would be more likely to support him if not for his forceful - some would say angry - response to the allegations by three women of sexual misconduct and how he blamed the Clintons, Democrats and the left for attacking his reputation. "They want more. And I'm afraid this is only Phase One of the meltdown".

So far, he looks absolutely spot on. Ted Cruz in Texas over Democrat Beto O'Rourke and how Republicans keep enthusiasm up through election day.

They're accusing Democrats of condoning "mob rule" - a phrase that's popped up in GOP rhetoric since raucous demonstrators opposing Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination harangued Republicans at the Capitol last week.

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