Law Schools Walk Out Supreme Court Confirmation

Protesters greeted newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh for his first day of work on Tuesday dressed as characters from the TV show The Handmaid's Tale

Handmaids’ Protest Brett Kavanaugh’s First Day on Supreme Court Screenshot Jason Calvi9 Oct 2018

US Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh being sworn in on 8 October.

It also suggests the tumultuous battle over his nomination could harm the court's reputation as the nonpartisan branch of government.

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, who also attended the new justice's first day on the bench. To 39 percent of the public, Kavanaugh's presence will make no difference in the degree of partisanship.

Women's March Chicago said it was targeting the "anti-woman agenda of the White House and the Republican Party".

While numerous results in the poll fall along familiar partisan lines, it also found that political independents are more suspicious than supportive of the new justice.

He received the first three of 15 eventual complaints on September 20, a week before Kavanaugh's angry denial of a sexual assault allegation by Christine Blasey Ford. Prior to the Democrats pushing uncorroborated allegations against Kavanaugh, Bredesen led Blackburn by 5+ points.

The justices privately made the decision to reject the appeals by an environmental group and companies that supported the regulation before Kavanaugh's confirmation, and announced the action on Tuesday.

The climactic 50-48 roll call vote Saturday on Kavanaugh was the closest vote to confirm a justice since 1881.

While Democrats ostensibly agreed to help the GOP ram through judges in order to allow vulnerable Democrats to return home and campaign through the November 6 midterm elections, progressives argued that Democrats are making a massive political mistake by refusing to use all of the tools at their disposal to combat the right-wing takeover of the judicial system, which will have severe ramifications for women, people of color, the planet, and the poor far into the future. Men are more evenly split, with 30 percent more likely to back Republicans, while 25 percent are more likely to back Democrats.

McConnell said he's hoping to persuade more Republican women to join the committee but hasn't had much success in the past because "they just haven't been interested". McConnell has marveled at the way the Supreme Court fight is animating Republican voters - who, polls showed, had been less enthusiastic before Kavanaugh advanced. There are no significant gender differences among Democrats and Republicans on the issue.

The first complaint, though, was filed September 10 - before the sexual assault allegation came out - and accuses Kavanaugh of lying when he told the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing in early September that he hadn't received information stolen from Senate Democrats when he was working in the White House in the early 2000s.

Trump has now put his stamp on the court with his second justice in as many years.

It's possible that events over the next few weeks will change that arithmetic, but for now, Republican net Senate gains seem more likely than Democratic gains.

University of Virginia analyst Kyle Kondik told VOA the furor over Kavanaugh and allegations of sexual misconduct when he was a teenager, which he denied, could be "weaponized" by Republican Senate candidates looking to defeat Democratic incumbents in Republican-leaning states.

Until this month, and the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh.

Gatherings like these should take place in October in other States, including some traditionally sympathetic to republicans, such as Texas, Georgia or SC.

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