With deal on judges, Senate goes home for the elections

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

Overall, 51% in the poll oppose Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court, up from 39% who opposed it in early September, after his initial confirmation hearing but before accusations of sexual misconduct emerged.

"Trump and McConnell are confirming conservative judges at a breakneck pace in what's sure to be Trump's most enduring legacy", said Brian Fallon, who worked for Hillary Clinton and the Obama Justice Department, and has tried to spur Democrats to fight harder to block President Trump's nominees.

The court, a 68-year-old institution that has been responsible for a lot of modernisation of Indian society, is occasionally accused of corruption, but rarely accused of partisanship. 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.

The new justice was "caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats", Trump said as he left the White House earlier Monday for a quick trip to Florida.

The practical implication for MS is that Senators Wicker and Hyde-Smith will also be home two weeks earlier than planned to campaign. Numerous nine toss-up seats were leaning Democrat. The woman, now a university professor, was soon joined by two other women who had charges of their own.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the agreement public when he announced votes on three circuit court judges and 12 district court judges.

"It's time to put this embarrassing spectacle behind us", McConnell said before Kavanaugh's confirmation.

But without any votes from Republicans - Democrats are powerless to stop the GOP from confirming judges.

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Still, more say that Kavanaugh did face a "politically motivated smear campaign" (48%) than say he didn't face such an effort (41%).

His nomination had appeared safe until Ford last month went public with allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 when they were high school students in Maryland.

Twelve of those states favored Trump in 2016 and nine of those seats are held by Democrats. 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. Women as a whole support an investigation 58 percent to 37 percent, while men are almost evenly split on that matter, with 47 percent supporting an investigation and 49 percent opposing it.

Among Democrats, negative impressions of Kavanaugh have jumped 30 points, from 56% in August to 86% now.

The statement said the D.C. Circuit complaints "do not pertain to any conduct in which Judge Kavanaugh engaged as a judge", an apparent indication that the D.C. Circuit would not take any action on the complaints, the National Law Journal reports. The gender gap peaks among 18- to 49-year-olds -- 70 percent of women in this age group support an investigation, vs. 53 percent of men.

Rep. Jerrod Nadler, N.Y., the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, has said he would open an investigation of Kavanaugh if the Democrats win control of the House in November and he becomes committee chairman.

Just a month ago, Real Clear Politics' average of the key polls for all of the Senate seats up for election in 2018 listed 9 seats as "toss-ups" that could go either way.

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