WASHINGTON (AP) — In the budding battle royale over the Supreme Court vacancy, what’s the Democratic sweet spot between satisfying liberal activists’ demands for an all-out fight against President Donald Trump’s pick and protecting senators facing tight re-election races in deeply red states?
So far, the party’s formula is to cast itself as defending the right to abortion and the 2010 health care law against a president itching to use the court to snatch both away.
Democrats want to make it as excruciating as possible for a pair of moderate, pivotal Republican senators to back the selection because without a GOP defection, it’s game over.
Trump plans to unveil his choice Monday, less than two weeks after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. Democrats seem to face an uphill battle to derail the pick, due to the sky-high stakes and the country’s hyper-partisan political climate.
The fight will be intense, fueled by Kennedy’s status as the court’s frequent swing vote and the GOP’s hair-thin 51-49 Senate majority — effectively 50-49 since January, with Sen. John McCain battling cancer in Arizona.
If Republicans remain united, Democrats can’t stop a nominee, though either way it offers both parties a golden chance to raise money and galvanize voters.
Yet the brewing fight is already highlighting Democratic strains.
With congressional control at stake in November’s elections, likely just weeks after the nomination fight culminates, Democrats must nurture an energized, anti-Trump liberal base spoiling for a fight.
And if a Republican is prepared to oppose the pick, the pressure to vote “no” will be unrelenting on three wavering moderate Democrats seeking re-election in states Trump won overwhelmingly in 2016: Indiana’s Joe Donnelly, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp.
“I want them to hold the line and I don’t want them to cave,” said Winnie Wong, political adviser of Women’s March.
Wong said her group was planning marches, rallies and “massive civil disobedience” … Read the full story at kdhnews.com.
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