‘Clear majorities in North Dakota and West Virginia – including women and Independents – support Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) With Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate by the slimmest of margins, the news media is almost exclusively focused on whether vulnerable or outgoing GOP senators will vote against President Trump’s embattled Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
Republicans control the upper chamber of Congress 51-49, and Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine are all on the bubble.
But there’s another angle that isn’t getting nearly as much attention.
Red-state Democrats face a nightmare midterm election scenario as recent polls show overwhelming support for Kavanaugh.
In particular, Democratic Senators Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia are all up for reelection in November in states that President Trump won by wide margins in 2016.
According to the conservative Judicial Crisis Network, a majority of North Dakota voters, 56-26 percent, believe Kavanaugh deserves his seat on the nation’s highest court.
Recent polling conducted after last Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in which Kavanaugh defended himself against uncorroborated accusations of sexual assault at a high school party 36 years ago, showed both North Dakota independents and women overwhelming support Kavanaugh.
A similar poll conducted in West Virginia showed 58 percent of state voters support Kavanaugh, compared to just 28 percent who don’t.
The dynamic is appears to be a no-win situation.
If Heitkamp, Manchin and other red-state Democrats vote to confirm Kavanaugh, they will almost assuredly be attacked by the party’s activist left wing.
If they vote against Kavanaugh, they stand to lose reelection.
“Clear majorities in North Dakota and West Virginia – including women and Independents – support Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation,” said Carrie Severino, a former law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and Chief Counsel and Policy Director at the Judicial Crisis Network.
“Senators Heitkamp and Manchin need to decide whether they stand with Judge Kavanaugh and President Trump, or with the outrageous smear campaign unleashed by Chuck Schumer and the liberal mob,” Severino said.