Hero or villain? Trump's court pick is in for a fight

FILE Amy Coney Barrett               screen grab via C-SPAN

FILE Amy Coney Barrett screen grab via C-SPAN

With President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee revealed, pro-life activists are now turning their attention to attempting to discern Judge Brett Kavanaugh's likelihood of voting to overturn Roe v. Wade, which made America one of the most liberal abortion regimes in the world. "I do not apply an ideological test to their personal views".

Alexander calls Brett Kavanaugh a "well-qualified jurist" and says he hopes the confirmation process will be conducted with "dignity and respect".

NOM President Brian Brown said: "Judge Kavanaugh is a constitutionalist who believes that the constitution means what it says and must be interpreted according to what the framers intended when it was crafted".

But it's as good an idea as I can come up with for a practical strategy that could defeat Kavanaugh.

Schumer urged voters to mobilize against Kavanaugh's nomination.

Trump nominated Kavanaugh after interviewing several candidates and eventually focusing his consideration on four: Kavanaugh, Michigan federal judge Raymond Kethledge, and federal judges Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

The ad will be a bio spot about Kavanaugh, JCN said Monday night.

Collins, a moderate Republican, has generally supported court nominees put forth by Republican presidents.

"The Republicans have enough senators for a confirmation, and the Republican senators have not signaled any real appetite to say no", he said, adding that even if Kavanaugh were blocked, it's unlikely Trump's next pick would be any more palatable to Democrats.

The controversy stems from a 2009 law review article that Kavanaugh wrote where he argued that Congress should consider a law exempting a sitting president from prosecutions. "But given that there is no law in place protecting (the president) and that Ken Starr issued subpoenas while Kavanaugh was working for him, my money would be on requiring Trump to comply".

Senator Lindsey Graham of SC, a senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said judges probably shouldn't face recusal just because Trump picked them.

Similar sentiments were shared by Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Saks. I am inclined to take him at his word that he would find a nominee who meets his criteria - but his standards and mine are vastly different on these topics.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Jacobs wrote that Kavanaugh's use of the century-and-a-half-old law validated the Obama administration's argument before the Supreme Court that the mandate was legal since it was a tax.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey commended Trump on the nomination of Kavanaugh. Tonight's selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who was included on this list, seems to be the culmination of a process that further erodes traditional norms.

The morning after being nominated by Trump for a lifetime seat on the nine-member conservative-majority court, Kavanaugh began making the rounds in the Senate, first visiting Republican leader Mitch McConnell and then Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, whose panel will hold confirmation hearings. It is imperative that judges adhere to the Constitution and resist judicial activism.

Kavanaugh 53, is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit with a history in politics. Members of the ME congressional delegation weighed in shortly after the 9 p.m. announcement.

"Another conservative justice on the U.S. Supreme Court who honors the original intent of the Constitution will have a positive impact on our country for decades".

Republicans want a speedy process to ensure the vote is held well before the November 6 midterm elections in which all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs, with Democrats trying to seize control of Congress.