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Democrats Stalling on Kavanaugh Could Pay a High Price in November

Some Democrats are refusing to meet with Trump’s Supreme Court nominee until certain demands ar met. That delay could backfire on Democrats this fall.

By NTK Staff | 07.20.2018 @11:30am
Democrats Stalling on Kavanaugh Could Pay a High Price in November

Democrats are dragging their feet on meeting with President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The reason? They’re demanding “copious documents” from Kavanaugh’s time in the George W. Bush White House.

But that strategy could backfire on Democrats, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

The Senate majority leader privately told senior Republicans on Wednesday that if Democrats keep pushing for access to upwards of a million pages in records from President Donald Trump’s high court pick, he’s prepared to let Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote slip until just before November’s midterm elections, according to multiple sources.

Delaying the vote past September would serve a dual purpose for McConnell, keeping vulnerable red-state Democrats off the campaign trail while potentially forcing anti-Kavanaugh liberals to swallow a demoralizing defeat just ahead of the midterms. Senators said McConnell believes the Democratic base will be “deflated” if they raise hopes of defeating Kavanaugh only to lose just days before the election.

“We’re witnessing historic obstructionism here,” Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) said, according to Politico. And he’s right.

A historic look at meetings between Supreme Court nominees and key opposition party senators reveals that Democrats are taking longer to meet with Kavanaugh than experienced by Justices Gorsuch, Kagan, and Sotomayor.

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) met with Gorsuch just one day after Trump nominated him. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) met with Gorsuch seven days after his nomination, and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) met with Gorsuch nine days after his nomination.

Friday marks the 11th day since Kavanaugh’s nomination.

On the other side of the aisle, Sens. McConnell and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) met with then-Solicitor General Elena Kagan just two days after her nomination. A year earlier, Sens. McConnell, Jon Kyl (R-AZ), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) met with then-Judge Sonia Sotomayor seven days after her nomination.

Democrats ought to think twice about the roadblocks they’re putting down for Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Not only could it hurt them at the ballot box in November, but it could come back to bite them when the next Democrat president has an opportunity to nominate a justice.

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