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Strategists From Both Sides Agree: McCaskill in Tough Place on SCOTUS

The Missouri senator has yet to declare where she stands on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court. But she's under pressure from both sides.

By NTK Staff | 09.10.2018 @11:15am
Strategists From Both Sides Agree: McCaskill in Tough Place on SCOTUS

Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-MO) vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s elevation to the Supreme Court may make or break her U.S. Senate career, according to a new report from The Washington Times.

The Times reported that McCaskill is under pressure from both her Republican opponent, Attorney General Josh Hawley (R-MO), and his allies, and from liberal activists in the state.

“McCaskill’s in a difficult situation politically with the Kavanaugh vote,” said Missouri Republican Party strategist Gregg Keller. “She has to vote against Kavanaugh in order to placate the pro-abortion left. At the same time, she has to cynically hope the majority of Missouri voters will fall for the idea she’s approaching the vote with an open mind, which she isn’t.”

Pro-choice groups including Planned Parenthood, liberal ground troops that will be critical in turning out the vote for Ms. McCaskill in November, also are leaning on her to come out against Mr. Trump’s pick.

McCaskill seemed to acknowledge the tough position she’s in over the weekend, telling a crowd in Missouri that there’s no political winner for her when it comes to the Kavanaugh vote.

That may be true, but a majority of McCaskill’s constituents do want her to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. McCaskill voted against then-Judge Neil Gorsuch’s elevation to the Supreme Court; will she vote against a second conservative Supreme Court nominee as well? Her career may hinge on her vote.

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