Gender gap hurts GOP but Kavanaugh helps

US President Donald Trump hosts ceremonial swearing-in for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh

US President Donald Trump hosts ceremonial swearing-in for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh

McConnell went on to quote Clinton in her latest attempt to gain new support with the midterms coming up next month - and with the 2020 presidential election just two years off.

The arguments were interrupted by laughter more than a dozen times. As of Sunday, 77 percent of Democrats say they are "very motivated" to vote this fall, while 68 percent of Republicans said the same, the Politico/Morning Consult poll showed. Republicans thought they would finally overturn the law as the court had eight justices appointed by Republican presidents.

At Monday's East Room ceremony, Trump again invoked the rhetoric Republicans are using to frame the whole episode: Kavanaugh, Trump said, had been "proven innocent", even though critics say the investigation was not thorough enough to merit that conclusion. He added that he would pursue the impeachment of Justice Kavanaugh.

Furthermore, Kavanaugh's confirmation threatens many standing policies, including Roe v. Wade and gun restriction laws.

US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in at the White House. McConnell will enter the history books as the Senate architect of the recapture of the Supreme Court for constitutionalism.

"I think the most important thing to remember is that Obamacare is not the only way to get pre-existing condition coverage".

Jason Perry, the head of the Hinckley Institute, based at the University of Utah, said Trump continues to see consistent numbers out of Utah surveys but that they're not as good as other Republican presidents have seen.

"I think that for Utah embracing Trump is embracing lying and cheating and incivility and I don't think most Utahns are OK with that", Thomas said.

"That episode, if it occurs, would be in the portion of the government we haven't funded", he said. "I take this office with gratitude and no bitterness". "He has insulted, attacked, demeaned women throughout the campaign - really for many years leading up to the campaign - and he's continued to do that inside the White House". At the beginning of the ceremony President Donald Trump apologized to Kavanaugh and his family on behalf of the nation "for the bad pain and suffering you have been forced to endure". West Virginia's Joe Manchin was the only Democratic Senator to vote in favor of Kavanaugh's confirmation while Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted present and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) was not present for the vote since he was at his daughter's wedding.

Justice Kavanaugh has followed up on his pledge to hire women to serve as his law clerks, becoming the first justice to have an all-female staff. One of the two cases involves the detention of migrants, an issue on which Kavanaugh's vote could be key. But the GOP shift to disparaging descriptions of their opponents as unruly and sinister is a marked change from their messaging before the Kavanaugh battle, when they'd hoped to focus on the strong economy and the mammoth tax cut they pushed through Congress last December. He'll also be the one to answer the door at those meetings if someone knocks to deliver something such as a justice's coffee or forgotten glasses.

Information for this article was contributed by Jessica Gresko and Mark Sherman of The Associated Press; by Robert Barnes, Ann E. Marimow and Marissa J. Lang of The Washington Post; and by Adam Liptak and Noah Weiland of The New York Times.

The Joint Committee on Taxation could also be asked to do an audit.

But top Democrat Nancy Pelosi has said trying to impeach the new justice "would not be my plan".

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