Separately, Coney Barrett has earned a sharp rebuke from the left, amid concerns by abortion-rights groups that she would be likely to overturn Roe v. Wade. But others speculate that overturning Roe v. Wade might be less galvanizing to progressives if a woman casts the decisive fifth vote. Lee was asked last week at a town hall meeting if he would consider shifting from the Senate to the Supreme Court: "I would not say no", he replied. That is considered the prime spot for those who one wants to be Supreme Court Justices.
Some court-watchers are concerned that Barrett has been too explicit on abortion to be confirmable. If any Republican does withhold support for Trump's nominee, the pressure on Democrats would be even greater. John McCain, R-Ariz., battling brain cancer and only a 51-49 GOP majority - could make him a tough pick for the high court. She was one of five conservative justices added to Trump's list of candidates in November.
Since President Trump said his short list includes at least two women, speculation has focused on Barrett, a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who serves on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The list was by and large the intellectual brainchild of the Federalist Society, the association of conservative lawyers.
Schumer, in a private and brief phone call, suggested that the commander-in-chief nominate federal Judge Merrick B. Garland, ex-President Barack Obama's third nominee to the Supreme Court, the Washington Post reported.
This is the point that Democrats are working diligently to broadcast.
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Lillard may not be moved, but it would make sense for the Lakers to throw a fairly aggressive offer at Portland to see if they would consider it.
As is always the case, predicting who Trump will announce next Monday is anyone's guess. "That's what this was", Lee told the Deseret News at the time. "You're going to have to do some outreach to people across the aisle if you're going to have any chance of defeating anyone outside the judicial mainstream".
Both Kavanaugh and Kethledge have lengthy conservative judicial records. It's unlikely that Jeff Flake, for instance, would have voted for the rule change now, let alone Collins and Murkowski. If nominated and confirmed, Kethledge would become the only judge on the current Supreme Court who did not receive a law degree from Harvard or Yale. "And I think of the four people I have it down to three or two", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. Earlier in the week, he spoke with seven of them.
The messaging campaign will also underscore the risks faced by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under a conservative Supreme Court.
A week ago, says Ms. Lake, the No. 1 issue for Democrats was health care - the issue where they have the single biggest advantage.
Some conservatives have pointed to Kethledge as a potential justice in the mold of Trump-appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch; both once served as law clerks to Kennedy. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told Coney Barrett past year during her confirmation hearing in an exchange about the judge's Catholic faith - a comment that was roundly criticized by religious leaders. Support for Barrett came despite the contentious hearing she faced before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Sen.