Senate deal that allows lawmakers leave DC to campaign

With Election Day fast approaching and vulnerable Senate Democrats eager to leave town, Majority Leader McConnell had the Democrats right where he wanted them - pining so badly to get out of Washington that they would finally agree to confirm a host of Trump administration nominees they have always been obstructing.

Real Clear Politics now places Democrats with a 6.9-point advantage over Republicans on the generic ballot. Registered voters say Kavanaugh's confirmation makes them more apt to support Democratic rather than Republican candidates by a 6-point margin, 33-27 percent, with the rest saying it makes no difference.

Republicans now hold the White House and both chambers of Congress, but many in that party fear anti-Trump voters will overwhelm the president's supporters in the elections, with predictions that control of the House of Representatives, at least, will swing to Democrats.

"How dare any of these Republican leaders in the Senate or in Congress not support the president", she said. "I wouldn't want to be on the wrong side of that vote".

Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, declared in a statement of her own on Thursday that, with the essential backing of the Democratic leadership, the Senate has become little more than a "rubber stamp for Trump's takeover of our courts".

The first, Julie Swetnick, who also hails from Kavanaugh's high school days, claims that he was part of a group of private school boys who used to spike girls" drinks causing them to pass out and then would line up outside their bedroom door in order to have their "turn'.

"Those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception", Trump said.

Republican leaders made clear throughout the year they had no qualms about keeping senators in Washington until very close to Election Day. Jamie Pedersen, who is chairman of the Washington Senate Democratic Campaign. Cruz is not defeated in his bid for re-election this fall. The short-term insurance also doesn't have to cover a menu of services like prescription drugs and could cap beneficiaries' benefits.

"I'm doing rallies and people are loving that man and loving that choice", he said. If a party successfully packs the Court (as FDR tried to do during the New Deal), such an act would likely lead to yet more packing the next time that the other party controlled the White House and Congress. It is both the highest appeals panel and a constitutional court.

Lawmakers from both parties are putting the best face on voters' mood.

Majorities of voters see the upcoming elections as more important than in the past, with Democrats more likely to say so than Republicans.

"His confirmation is an inflection point in the history of the court; there is no pretending any more that the court is an apolitical institution", Fallon said. "What people are asking me about is health care". Democrats agreed to unanimous consent on 15 judicial and 21 executive branch nominees. Susan Collins also voted to confirm Ka- vanaugh ("Anger over Collins' vote puts ME in crosshairs", October 9, Page A1).

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