Stabenow said in a Monday statement that the vacancy "represents a very consequential moment for our country where we can chose to make progress on so many important issues for MI families or we can turn the clock back".
"There is no one in America more qualified for this position, or more deserving", the president said. Despite repeated evidence to the contrary, we expect more from our judges than from elected politicians. But Carper already is signaling skepticism about backing him this time around, saying the nominee's legal writings related to the environment are not "too encouraging". It was ruled a suicide, but some people dispute this.
He is hardly shed of controversy, having worked on the Ken Starr probe of Bill Clinton, for instance.
"And it should and must take place again now", Heitkamp said.
Richard Primus, the Theodore J. St. Antoine Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of MI, said absent an unexpected change in the composition of the Senate or a scandal, it's likely Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite any Democratic opposition.
Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called him a "candidate worthy of the Senate's consideration".
Republicans are pushing for a bipartisan showing of support for Kavanaugh by trying to peel off Democrats who are up for re-election from Trump-won states. Murkowski said last week that the 1973 Supreme Court ruling legalizing abortion will be a "significant factor" in her decision on how to vote. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer has promised to protect abortion rights.
HIRONO: As I said, I think a whole - what people need to know is to get educated, especially in the health care area.
The case that's actually closest to the Supreme Court, notes Myrick, is a challenge to an IN law that would outlaw abortion if the woman is seeking it for sex selection or because the fetus could be disabled. "I have a hard time seeing any scenario in which Kavanaugh would be the decisive vote on a question like this", he said.
"We'll be DAMNED if we're going to let five MEN-including some frat boy named Brett-strip us of our hard-won bodily autonomy and reproductive rights", the influential pro-choice organization NARAL tweeted Tuesday.
Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh before the court begins its session in October. Orrin Hatch of Utah, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas and Lindsey Graham of SC.
Democrats hope to model their opposition on their successful effort fending off a repeal of the Affordable Care Act previous year, despite a Republican majority in Congress.
"The justices must understand that it would be a disaster for the court, as an institution, to divide 5-4 on the question whether Trump can ignore a subpoena, with two Trump appointees in the majority", he said.
Striking down Roe would immediately outlaw abortion in states where pre-Roe anti-abortion laws are technically still on the books.
"The selection of Judge Kavanaugh shows that the Trump administration is serious about taming the administrative state", Jonathan Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, told Reuters.
The political maneuvering left the Supreme Court one justice short, and now looks hollow given the current rush to fill the slot. Tina Smith, D-Minn., said from the Supreme Court steps Monday night.
Two senators weighing presidential runs, California Sen. Trump's lawyers responded that they were confident that they would prevail in a court fight over whether a sitting president could be required to comply with a subpoena.
So Trump's pick could affect the court's decisions for many years into the future.