Republican voters are madder about the treatment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate confirmation process and are more likely to vote in November than Democrats, according to a new national survey. At this point it seems likely that anger and accusations will swirl around the Justice for quite a while, and having open ethics complaints looked into by the Tenth Circuit isn't going to help matters much.
But the Kavanaugh confirmation, as bitter and divisive as it was, was seen by many analysts as a victory for Trump.
One Republican observer said he thought as many as 20 or 21 of the 25 Republican districts that went for Hillary Clinton a year ago could well flip to the Democrats, producing a large Democratic House wave.
Senate Democrats up for reelection in red states feared they could be kept in Washington while their Republican challengers ran free in their respective states.
Democratic Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, heading up his caucus' campaign efforts, said with three competitive congressional races that overlap with several legislative districts there's "even more voter enthusiasm for showing up and casting their ballots".
With the nation divided over Brett Kavanaugh, it might be a bad time to be Brett Kavanagh.
She said the back-to-back votes coming so soon after Kavanaugh's confirmation were especially painful. Henderson said they all relate to the hearings, not to his conduct as a judge. Joe Fain is seeking re-election to his third term under the cloud of a sexual assault accusation. He added Monday that the fight over Kavanaugh, particularly that his nomination was stymied by unproven allegations, injected the GOP with an "adrenaline shot that we had not been able to figure out how to achieve in any other way". But even if they don't win, with a larger Democratic minority they could stand a better chance at defeating GOP priorities on health care, taxes, immigration, and border security.
Never again can Republicans allow Democrats to disrupt the Senate's obligation to seriously and honestly consider judicial appointments by the president and to endlessly stall these appointments, and never again can the Democrats insist on special treatment and white-glove handling of "the girl".
But for Trump, a focus on Kavanaugh could excite his base, said Gallup pollster Frank Newport.
Jim Malone has served as VOA's National correspondent covering USA elections and politics since 1995. Jim began his VOA career with the English to Africa Service in 1983.