McConnell Warns Of 'Scary Prospect' If GOP Loses Senate Control In Midterms

Voters unimpressed with Democrats’ Kavanaugh performance dashing hopes for midterm boost- poll

Republican and Democratic Senate leaders reached a broad deal Thursday to confirm a package of 15 judges that will allow the senators to depart Washington until after Election Day.

"A majority wanted a conservative Supreme Court justice and they got that", Perry said, "but the process itself made it not seem like the victory that Utah voters were hoping for".

About 54 percent of registered voters said they approved of the Senate confirming Kavanaugh to the high court. Their only intent was to dirty up Justice Kavanaugh - just as they did Justice Clarence Thomas - and, most important, to fire up their hard-core base before the November midterm congressional elections.

The Quinnipiac poll follows a Gallup survey that showed Republicans' enthusiasm five weeks before the midterm elections was rising fast, putting them neck and neck with Democrats, who held a big margin just weeks ago.

In the week since, however, several polls have also suggested that Democrats' failure to halt Kavanaugh's confirmation may have fired up the progressive base.

"I'm increasingly optimistic that we may hold our majority", McConnell said.

What's unclear is whether GOP unity is enough to preserve the GOP power in Congress.

The same question faces the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct after the White House successfully argued that the Kavanaugh allegations should not be conflated with the rest of the movement.

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Henderson said in a press release earlier this month that the misconduct claims were filed after Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, which began on September 4. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, was already back in her home state campaigning as senators pushed through the nominees. Democrats and some Republicans have adamantly refused to pay for a physical wall, which they say would be costly and ineffective.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks after the Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Washington.

At least one endangered Democrat, Sen.

Liberal activist groups opposed to more Republican judicial confirmations were furious with the prospect of another deal that would place more judges on the bench who have been handpicked by President Donald Trump. The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to forward nine nominations to the full Senate for final confirmation on Thursday, and a confirmation hearing for lower court nominees is scheduled for October 17. Focusing on the "mob" has also let Republicans raise the subject without explicitly reminding voters about Kavanaugh himself, who polling showed was viewed unfavorably by the public.

Trump has a busy campaign schedule to spread the word that the allegations against Kavanaugh were a "hoax that was set up by the Democrats" at what he's called a risky time for men who can be falsely accused.

"Because I pledged that in 2016", Grassley said.

"Yesterday they were talking about impeaching Judge Kavanaugh", said Trump expressing shock over the talk.

"The tendency to draw dramatic conclusions from fragments of data, whispers of alleged movement in polling or supposed anecdotes from a particular campaign is nearly uncontrollable in the final few weeks before an election", forecaster Stuart Rothenberg warned Tuesday, declaring himself "skeptical the Kavanaugh fight will fundamentally change next month's outcomes".

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