Voter Enthusiasm Shifting Democratic In Wake Of Kavanaugh Fight?

Brett Kavanaugh is the first member of the Supreme Court to hire an all-female class of law clerks
Dozens who are against the confirmation Brett Kavanaugh protest outside the office of Sen. Chuck Schumer in New York. Spencer Platt Getty Images
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14 October, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has received complaints about Brett Kavanaugh's statements during hearings on his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to a statement Saturday by a judge on the federal appeals court. But its ultimate impact remains uncertain.

Anti-Trump marches were scheduled later this month in other states, including the Republican strongholds of Texas, Georgia and SC. By one measure, the percentage of Republican voters who say they are now certain to vote has risen slightly more than among Democrats since August.

The confirmation tumultuous judge Kavanaugh, who is accused by a university of an attempted rape dating back to an evening high school in 1982, is taking place in a country politically very polarized, where the mobilization for the movement #MeToo on the issue of sexual assault remains very strong.

The stakes were high, and the party-line fight over Kavanaugh was brutal.

Democrats need a gain of 23 seats to retake the House and a net pickup of two seats to reclaim a majority in the Senate.

The poll also found that only 41 percent of voters approve of President Donald Trump while 56 percent of them disapprove of the president.

Trump sees his success in getting Kavanaugh onto the court - tilting the crucial body to the right for potentially years to come - as one of the major successes of his turbulent two-year administration.

With the House already gone, the next time Congress conducts business will be after Election Day, Nov. 6. "We will increase our majorities". "The government just showed [with Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation] - again - that it sees women as 'less than.' We can't take that".

Following Kavanaugh's confirmation, some of the Democrats vowed to begin the complex and lengthy process of impeaching him, while Trump bellowed at a campaign rally that "You don't hand matches to an arsonist and you don't give power to an angry left-wing mob, and that's what the Democrats are".

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"What I think this has done for us is provide the kind of adrenaline shot that we had not been able to figure out how to achieve in any other way".

A sea of people took to the streets, chanting "Let's go vote!" as they walked from Grant Park to Federal Plaza. Although so much progress regarding procuring justice for sexual assault victims has occurred through the #MeToo movement, with it came vitriol of victim blaming, and accusations of malicious lying; sprinkled with casual misogyny on top for good measure.

Those registered voters who describe themselves as independents favor Democrats by 52 percent to 38 percent, driven primarily by a 2-1 advantage for Democrats among independent women (62 percent to 29 percent).

And other Democrats warned the intensity of the protests will spill over into the November elections. Harris and Warren are both potential presidential contenders in 2020.

With Kavanaugh on the bench, the court has five conservatives and four liberals.

"Maybe some of that animus remains for Republicans and that is a rallying cry for the midterm", Kondik said.

Among all adults, Democrats are trusted more than Republicans to deal with the main problems facing the nation, by 45 percent to 37 percent.

Pedersen agrees with Fitzgibbon that the attention on the congressional races will have an impact on turnout, and could be a factor in races like the 47th, which overlaps with the 8th Congressional District race between Republican Dino Rossi and Democrat Kim Schrier and where incumbent Republican state Sen.

Democrats had fought tooth and nail to stop Kavanaugh's candidacy, claiming that the accomplished, conservative-minded judge was not suited to the Supreme Court.


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