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Nelson writes: "Senate Democrats can successfully orchestrate the rejection of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday morning, if they can convince the American people that his confirmation will lead to the undoing of abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act by the Supreme Court."


"With the Mueller situation, with the overreach of presidential power, we shouldn't put him on the bench," Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says of Brett Kavanaugh. (photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)


Schumer Lays Out Path to Block Kavanaugh

By Louis Nelson, Politico

11 July 18

 

enate Democrats can successfully orchestrate the rejection of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday morning, if they can convince the American people that his confirmation will lead to the undoing of abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act by the Supreme Court.

“Let me say this. I believe if we can prove to the American people, which I believe is truly the case, that this nominee will lead to a court that repeals women's reproductive freedom, repeals ACA with its protections for pre-existing conditions, we will get a majority of the Senate to vote for it,” Schumer told “CBS This Morning” when asked how he might block Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “Obviously, even if we had every Democrat, we need two Republicans. But if we can make that case, we will get a majority.”

With Republicans in control of a 51-49 majority in the Senate, Schumer (D-N.Y.) would indeed need at least two GOP lawmakers, plus the vote of every single Democrat, in order to successfully block Kavanaugh’s confirmation. But with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) away from Washington as he undergoes cancer treatment, the Republican majority is effectively 50-49, meaning Democrats might need only to peel away a single GOP senator.

But keeping Democrats unified in opposition to Kavanaugh could prove to be as tough a task as finding a GOP senator to partner with. Several Democratic senators are up for reelection this year in states where Trump won in 2016, including some where the president won by a wide margin. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) all broke with their party last year to vote to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s previous Supreme Court pick.

Trump’s selection of Kavanaugh came from a preordained list of 25 potential Supreme Court nominees curated and approved by conservative groups like the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. That the president has made his Supreme Court picks from such a list has stoked fears on the left that court might fulfill a conservative wish-list on issues including abortion, same-sex marriage and healthcare.

Schumer, in his interview with CBS, shot down the notion that Kavanaugh could be a swing vote on the court, just as Justice Anthony Kennedy, for whom he once clerked and whose seat he would fill if confirmed, was.

"I don't think he would have been put on this list had he not been one of these hard right judges. And the two issues I mentioned are important. There are several others,” Schumer said, pointing to writings by Kavanaugh indicating he does not believe presidents should be subjected to criminal investigations. “With the Mueller situation, with the overreach of presidential power, we shouldn't put him on the bench. And then, on gun rights, on LGBTQ rights, on environmental rights, he's way to the right of the American people.”


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-5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-07-11 15:46
Sounds to me like Schumer is telling us to slam the barn door closed after the horse is already out and halfway to the next town.

Kavanaugh is not as bad as Trump could have nominated. He is not a Robert Bork. It may be that someone discovers something in his past like a Russian girl friend or some Russian salad dressing in his frig. That would get the horse back in the barn. Did he ever talk to a Russian.

I don't think the supreme court will attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade or the Affordable Care Act. Neither needs overturning. Trump and republicans are dismantling both piece by piece, one part at a time, so that while they remain on the books as law they are unusable. In the Roe case, this has the advantage of leaving abortion legal for when wealthy people need an abortion. The poor can just have more babies that they cannot afford.

Hindsight is worthless. This is just one more defeat for democrats that is the result of their refusal to become a party with a mass popular base. Democrats bent over backwards (and forwards) for wealthy supporters, hollywood, militaristic think tanks, intelligence agencies, and journalists at major media. But they lost their base. The base wanted change in the neo-liberal policies and democrats did not listen. So now they are losing the SC. It would be nice to think that Schumer would learn something from this. But he won't.
 
 
-2 # Jaax88 2018-07-12 12:29
Hey ole Rasko how can you with a straight face write this BS: ' This is just one more defeat for democrats that is the result of their refusal to become a party with a mass popular base" in view of the fact Hillary beat trump on the popular vote by 3 or 4 million votes.
 
 
+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-07-12 14:04
I stand by what I said. Hellary's 3 million voter margin came from only two areas -- big cities in California and New York. She had almost 5 million voter margin in Calif and 2 million in New York. But she lost almost every where else. These urban areas are filled with people who did well under Obama and wanted to continue. Hillary's base was very narrow. The Demo party needs a broad base.

Hillary won 17 states, but many of them like Colorado, New Mexico, Minnesota, Virginia and more were by very small margins.

I just don't call this a strong base. It is very week. NY and Calif are not enough to win the nation.

Moreover, about half of voters did not vote at all. There are many reasons for this but a very compelling democratic candidate should bring a lot more of them to the polls.
 
 
+8 # chapdrum 2018-07-11 15:57
Even if Chuck E. Noseglasses is sincere, and somehow succeeds, Don T. surely has a long list of other sh*theels like Kavanaugh.
 
 
0 # Robbee 2018-07-14 10:48
Quoting chapdrum:
Even if Chuck E. Noseglasses is sincere, and somehow succeeds, Don T. surely has a long list of other sh*theels like Kavanaugh.

- we may only need to stall for a new senate?
 
 
+4 # chemtex2611 2018-07-11 23:38
We are too close to the Mid-Term election. We should wait for the new Senate and House Members. Moreover, the President was not elected by a clear majority of US voters, only by Electoral College Electors. There are too many questions floating about to be rushing forward into such an important decision. Heaven will wait .
 
 
+2 # Sweetgum 2018-07-12 17:13
We are too close to the Mid-Term election. We should wait for the new Senate and House Members.

I not getting something here? Wait????? Wait for what? For the Republicans to shove this thru faster than turkey droppings thru a tin horn? What are we supposed to do, ask them real nice to wait till after November? Or just assume that they are going to take their time, and that of course we are going to prevail in the elections? And what does it matter who elected IT? The deed is done, let's just do what we got to do to neutralize IT. And that sure doesn't mean sitting around WAITING. That's what Pelosi and Shumer have been so ineffective, even when they were in a better position. Because all they do is WAIT.
 
 
0 # lfeuille 2018-07-12 22:23
We should wait of course. But, unfortunately, it is not a legal requirement. The only way to stop this is to get all the wavering Dems to hold firm and flip at least one Republican Since McCain probably wont be able to vote one should do it, but two would be safer. And, of course, we have to flip the Senate in the election and keep all the blue dogs inline next year.
 
 
+4 # Merlin 2018-07-12 05:55
“Senate Democrats can successfully orchestrate the rejection of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh,…if they can convince the American people that his confirmation will lead to the undoing of abortion rights…”

WTF?

What is this totally authoritarian bullshit idea you are promoting? “…if they (Senators) can convince the American people…” No Chuckie, YOU (Senators) are supposed to listen to the people, and do THEIR bidding. Who the hell are you Senators, to tell us what to feel and think? Its YOU who needs convincing, not the American people. You already have our message! Its YOU who are voting!

Why are you saying this crap, Chuckie?

Oh, wait! I get it! When you, the powerful minority leader, fails (or even fails to try) to coral your Blue Dogs and DINOs into rejecting him, you can blame the public for “not getting it.” (“They just couldn’t be convinced. We Senators tried,…but you know how the American People are. Just too busy to be involved, I guess!”)

What a “great” Senate "leader" of the “opposition party” we have! The other party that does a great job of opposing! Opposing We The People!
 
 
+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-07-12 09:29
Schumer and other democratic senators should have shut the senate down to all business until Obama's SC nomination was discussed and voted on. He and all democrats should have gone for 5he nuclear option, the real one. It is just too late now to act tough when all the world knows you are not.

How can they convince the American people of something that is very unlikely to happen. Does he think Americans are stupid?
 
 
0 # Robbee 2018-07-14 10:43
Quoting Merlin 2018-07-12 05:55:
Why are you saying this crap, Chuckie?

- dumb question, but just so you know -

in order to foil dickhead's pick, schumer at least needs all dems, plus 2 repuke senators to vote to reject!

the only way he gets the last 3 dem and 2 repuke senators to vote down dickhead's pick is to persuade these 5 key folks to vote with 46 dems!

the only thing likely to convince this gang of 5 to vote down dickhead's pick, is an uprising of support, especially in 5 key states, but generally across the country, showing the will of the people is with dems!

any more questions? - we're only here to explain the obvious, you know?
 
 
+7 # Wise woman 2018-07-12 09:06
Let's put it this way, Chuck. If you have even just one dem voting for approval, we will get you out of offce. You WILL start supporting progressives or be replaced. There are no ifs ands or buts anymore.
 
 
+5 # PaineRad 2018-07-12 12:54
Any Dem who even hints at voting for this appointee should be stripped of any and all committee chairs and assignments.
 

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