"I will talk to my colleagues", Democratic Senator Kamala Harris told AFP, referring to Collins and Murkowski, as well as the three red-state Democrats, each of whom voted for Trump's first Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch previous year.
If Kavanaugh is confirmed, it would mean a significant shift to the right for the Supreme Court, according to the Judicial Common Space system, a metric developed by political scientists Lee Epstein, Andrew D. Martin, Jeffrey A. Segal, and Chad Westerland.
Remember: This is precisely what McConnell flagged for Trump as a potential problem with Kavanaugh's nomination: Never that he wasn't qualified, but that his extensive time in government service, and the documents that come with it, cannot only lead to possible surprises and also give Democrats grounds - legitimate or not - to delay consideration of the nomination.
Questions of this nature could end up being decided by the court in the coming months, as Trump is a subject of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's possible role in it.
He says that without Kennedy, the Supreme Court has strong left and strong right positions, but no one in the middle. But, unlike presidents or members of Congress, Supreme Court justices do not have term limits - they serve until they resign or die.
Hatch said on PBS that Kavanaugh should have an easier time than Justice Neil Gorsuch had previous year, "but I don't know".
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Kavanaugh is set to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring.
"Sen. Jeff Flake said in a statement: "As I have said before, approving a nominee who will interpret the constitution rather than legislate from the bench should be our top priority". The groups sent Palin to Alabama past year to support Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Kavanaugh never wrote that the president is above the law.
Collins, from ME, and Alaska's Murkowski are two genuine mavericks in the Republican Party, and all eyes have turned to them.
I do. That's not to say it won't be hard.
"I actually read his dissent in the Heller case - that's the Second Amendment case, a very important case".
The Senate rejected his confirmation 58-42. Simultaneously, interest groups both for and against the nominee will be putting pressure on senators and trying to activate the public.