Liberals say that Senate Democrats aren’t doing enough to oppose Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s second pick for the Supreme Court.
Activists aligned with the party’s fervent base say they are frustrated that more than a month into the fight, Senate Democrats have failed to take a hard stance and unite against the 53-year-old judge.
With only 49 members, the Senate Democratic Conference can’t block Trump’s pick on their own. But progressives want the caucus to launch a full-scale attack to try to sink or at least damage Kavanaugh, who, if confirmed, will help shape court decisions for decades.
Neil Sroka spokesman for Democracy for America said in a statement “I think there’s been broad concern that Democrats haven’t been as united and as crystal clear as they need to be,” he went on to say “It’s pretty concerning that we haven’t gotten … unanimity from the caucus.”
Elizabeth Beavers, policy director for the liberal Indivisible Project, added that they want Democrats to “come out swinging and to be in opposition. … And on that front, we’ve been a little disappointed so far.”
Judge Kavanaugh is set to meet with Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (Ind.) on Wednesday and Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) next week. Kavanaugh has already met with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).
All of the Democrats that agreed to meet with Kavanaugh come from states where President Trump won bigly.
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