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McCaskill’s About to Be on the Supreme Court Hot Seat … Again

For the second time in as many years, the vulnerable Missouri senator will have to choose whether or not to support President Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

By NTK Staff | 06.28.2018 @12:15pm
McCaskill’s About to Be on the Supreme Court Hot Seat … Again

President Trump will have the chance to nominate a second person to the nation’s highest court in as many years, following Wednesday’s shocking retirement announcement from Justice Anthony Kennedy.

That also means that, for the second time in two years, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) will be faced with a tough Supreme Court choice: support Trump’s nominee and anger her liberal base, or oppose Trump’s nominee and rub a majority of her constituents the wrong way.

The last time McCaskill was faced with this choice, she voted with her base, opposing the nomination of Judge (now Justice) Neil Gorsuch.

For now, McCaskill’s in a holding pattern. Her statement yesterday, reported by The Kansas City Star, betrayed the difficult position she’s in:

“I thank Justice Kennedy for his long and dedicated service to our country, and I believe it’s premature to discuss his replacement until one has been nominated,” McCaskill said in a statement.

But McCaskill’s opponent in 2018, Attorney General Josh Hawley (R-MO), will surely put pressure on her to support Trump’s next nominee.

And, according to Politico‘s Playbook, Missouri is part of a pro-McConnell nonprofit group’s ad buy pushing for a new confirmation to the Supreme Court:

SPRINTING OUT OF THE GATE … FIRST IN PLAYBOOK: SCOTUS AIR WARS — ONE NATION, a McConnell-aligned nonprofit, is launching a multistate digital blitz this morning to support a conservative to replace Anthony Kennedy on the bench. The $100,000 buy is running in Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, West Virginia, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Will McCaskill succumb to the pressure to support a Trump nominee, or will she vote as she did in 2017 and risk facing the wrath of Trump voters in Missouri? One thing is for sure: the pressure’s on, for her and other red-state Democrats.

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