Although reasonable minds may disagree on whether the differences are a feature or a bug, a review of Kavanaugh's Guantanamo record clearly shows just how much distance there is between him and Kennedy - and, as a result, just how much his confirmation would shift the court's center of gravity on these issues. If, in a few weeks, Kavanaugh's nomination is humming along, a leader with room to maneuver could give cover to those endangered Senate Democrats by joining them in supporting the fait accompli. Susan Collins, of ME, a supporter of abortion rights who represents a mostly blue state - ME is able to split its electoral college votes, with one district consistently blue and the second a battleground. It is likely to be one of the more important decisions of his presidency. But in an era where liberal protests have become almost weekly events, Democratic strategists and activists say they see a new sense of urgency when it comes to the country's highest court. They didn't care as much about picking Supreme Court justices as Republicans and Trump did.
That case centered on whether Congress had the power to mandate people have health insurance.
Trump's choice was met with predictable reactions from Republicans and Democrats.
The newest lawsuit also focuses on the law's mandate to have coverage.
The mandate is unconstitutional, the lawsuit alleges, and therefore the rest of the law should be struck down. He says that without Kennedy, the Supreme Court has strong left and strong right positions, but no one in the middle. John McCain, R-Ariz., who is battling brain cancer, makes Kavanaugh's confirmation a guessing game.
Prince Harry, Meghan to reflect on Irish history on tour The couple walked past the ecstatic royal fans standing five deep against crash barriers, greeting as many of them as they could. Her passion for advocacy was at its peak and in 2016, Markle traveled to Rwanda to expand access to clean water in rural areas.
Knowing full well what the Democrats attack points would be, Kavanaugh talked about the importance of women in his life and the lessons he learned on the importance of equality from his mother, as she, his father, his wife and his two young daughters looked on. His father went to law school at night, he added. In theory, the can vote either way on any issue, but a Kavanaugh confirmation would swing it sharply to the right.
Democrats, however, say it is unsafe to continue to count on the chief justice.
"Roberts hung his hat on the mandate", Schumer told reporters Wednesday. "We need the American people to weigh in".
As the Senate moves to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, the attendance of one senator is still up in the air: U.S. Sen.
Republican Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.) referred to Democratic opposition to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a "laughable political game" during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.
Remember: This is precisely what McConnell flagged for Trump as a potential problem with Kavanaugh's nomination: Never that he wasn't qualified, but that his extensive time in government service, and the documents that come with it, cannot only lead to possible surprises and also give Democrats grounds - legitimate or not - to delay consideration of the nomination. Kavanaugh would be the fifth justice who worked as a law clerk at the high court early in his career, the first time a majority of the justices would share that experience.
"There were five votes in support of the law in , and there are still at least five votes today", he said.