"But in terms of the man now before us, Brett Kavanaugh is a true intellectual-a leading thinker and writer on the subjects of statutory interpretation and federal courts; an incomparable mentor-someone who picks law clerks of all backgrounds and viewpoints; and a fair-minded jurist who believes in the rule of law".
"Even the lesser burdens of a criminal investigation-including preparing for questioning by criminal investigators-are time-consuming and distracting", Kavanaugh wrote. In another era, Senate Democrats would have filibustered this nomination to death as payback for the Clinton impeachment as well as Kavanaugh's contributions to Bush v. Gore after the 2000 election.
Kavanaugh, just 53, could serve on the high court for decades. The vetting process, he said, is "going to be thorough and going to be done right".
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., dismissed Democratic and liberal concerns over the president's nominee as hyperbole that will not persuade the American people.
Republicans hold a slim 51-49 majority in the Senate, though with ailing Senator John McCain battling cancer in his home state of Arizona they now can muster only 50 votes.
The three Red State Democrats who supported Gorsuch, plus a Red State Democrat elected after the Gorsuch vote, Sen. As a jurist, Kavanaugh has always been seen as a conservative's conservative, but he's worked as long in the political sphere as in the judiciary. Protesters filled the steps of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
She said that with Kavanaugh's credentials, "it's very hard for anyone to tell me that he's not qualified for the job".
Among their targets are Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, as well as Doug Jones of Alabama, who is not up for re-election but represents a conservative state in the Deep South. The poll is not all good news for Republicans, however. Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose any nominee who threatens the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. They were all carefully selected for the president by conservative activists at the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, vetted to ensure that they are devoted to the conservative cause.
What is nearly certain - and those across the political spectrum agree - is that Kavanaugh's selection will spark a major confirmation battle in the U.S. Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority and opposition Democrats say they will fight to prevent the high court from swinging further to the right.
Kavanaugh in the past has made statements about respecting precedent that could help in winning over senators, particularly Murkowski and Collins.
Democrats in the past also have pointed to Kavanaugh's work for Bush during the recount fight in the pivotal state of Florida in the 2000 presidential election, a controversy that was resolved only after the conservative-majority Supreme Court sided with Bush over Democratic candidate Al Gore, settling the election outcome.
One would think Trump would have balked at Kavanaugh's closeness to the political and legal establishment. Protesters chanted, "protect Roe now!" "It should not be a rubber stamp on the extreme partisan positions of the president".