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Senate confirms 15 more judges, wrapping up a GOP priority

12 October 2018, 08:40 | Melissa Porter

Senate confirms 15 more judges, wrapping up a GOP priority

Will Kavanaugh impact midterm elections? I don’t see it. | John Baer

"The Senate in the hands of one party and the White House in the hands of another in a presidential election year", McConnell said, according to the Washington Examiner.

United States President Donald Trump reveled Monday in arguably the biggest - and hardest fought - victory of his controversy-strewn presidency ahead of a ceremonial swearing-in for new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks after the Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Washington. They haven't seen enough. "They want more. And I'm afraid this is only Phase One of the meltdown". The confrontational style harkened back to protests by the conservative tea party, which included angry face-offs with lawmakers and a massive Capitol demonstration far larger than last week's rallies. But the GOP shift to disparaging descriptions of their opponents as unruly and sinister is a marked change from their messaging before the Kavanaugh battle, when they'd hoped to focus on the strong economy and the mammoth tax cut they pushed through Congress last December. Republicans have said the rowdy opposition to Kavanaugh has given conservative voters a new enthusiasm.

The Kavanaugh confirmation has blown open the midterm elections from being a national referendum on Trump's stewardship to a raw emotional discussion over the lack of women in power and how to handle sexual misconduct allegations. McConnell has called it a political gift.

"One of my proudest moments was when I looked Barack Obama in the eye and I said, 'Mr". They want to keep their 401ks...

"It's not about me right now, it's about individual races", he said.

Democrats agreed to swallow the additional nominations to free up their vulnerable members to campaign full time for the next three weeks. Registered voters are better informed, but more than a quarter of them also say they don't know how their Senators voted.

Republican Sen. Ann Rivers of La Center, who is involved with her chamber's campaign efforts, said Republicans are "waxing up our red surfboard in case there is a blue wave".

He emphasized that Washington voters are known to not vote a straight party-line ticket, and he said he trusts voters will continue to vote for person over party.

Democrats fought tooth and nail to stop Kavanaugh's candidacy, claiming that the accomplished, conservative-minded judge was not suited to the Supreme Court, which will now tilt decisively to a more Republican-friendly panel.

Republican Rep. J.T. Wilcox, who has been involved in fundraising for Republicans running in the House where more than a dozen seats are in play, said there's no question that he's anxious because "the national wind is blowing in our face".

In a video purportedly shot at a recent campaign event in Georgia, Holder says, "When they go low, we kick them", paraphrasing former first lady Michelle Obama, who famously said during the 2016 campaign, "When they go low, you go high". And he pointedly noted that these activities followed last year's shooting of GOP lawmakers at a morning baseball practice by "a politically crazed gunman".

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