With Obamacare’s future hanging in the balance, John McCain’s personal health is again an issue
| John Fund, National Review – You could almost hear liberals gnash their teeth Monday night as President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
They know they have almost no chance of preventing his confirmation.
Kavanaugh is widely liked in Washington legal circles. He gave a humanizing introductory speech after the president introduced him at a White House ceremony.
Right now, the question isn’t if Kavanaugh is likely to be confirmed, but how many Democrats will find themselves torn between the left wing of their party and political reality.
First, Democratic leaders must convince all of the 10 Democratic senators up for re-election in November in states that Donald Trump carried in the 2016 presidential election to oppose his Supreme Court nominee, even at the risk of alienating their constituents.
Of these 10 Democratic senators, the most likely to vote to confirm Kavanaugh are Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
All voted in favor of President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court last year.
In addition to pressuring every single Democratic senator to oppose Kavanaugh, Democratic leaders must launch a vicious assault to get Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska to oppose Kavanaugh.
In what could be dubbed Project Fear, Democrats who want Collins and Murkowski to join them in opposing Kavanaugh’s confirmation will claim the judge will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade – the 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide – and will say that Kavanaugh will end ObamaCare.
Both Senators Collins and Murkowski have stated they would have trouble voting for a nominee who has indicated the intention to overturn Roe v. Wade.
They also joined Sen. John McCain, R- Ariz., in derailing the GOP’s effort to replace ObamaCare in 2017.
McCain, who is ill with brain cancer back in Arizona, is unlikely to be able to return to Washington to vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation … [If McCain is absent and Sens. Collins and Murkowski vote with 47 Democrats, the Kavanaugh nomination would be defeated. – Editor]