Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has stated that he intends to do everything possible to block President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from being confirmed to the nation’s highest court, but he has one major problem standing in his way: moderate Democrats.
“Kavanaugh’s nomination is already a huge headache for the Senate minority leader. Not only is he under pressure from the left to tank the nominee, Schumer also has a half-dozen vulnerable members from red and purple states up for reelection this fall,” Politico reported. “To defeat Kavanaugh, Schumer has to keep all 49 of his members in tow and convince at least one moderate Republican to break ranks.”
“I’ll be 71 years old in August, you’re going to whip me? Kiss my you know what,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said when asked if Schumer has power to influence how he chooses to vote in the confirmation, according to Politico.
The Democrats are facing a potential disaster this fall during the 2018 midterms as a recent poll suggested that Republicans could, in a best-case scenario, pick up nine seats in the Senate.
Vulnerable Democrat Senators facing re-election this fall include Sens. Joe Manchin (WV), Heidi Heitkamp (ND), Joe Donnelly (IN), Claire McCaskill (MO), Jon Tester (MT), Bill Nelson (FL), Bill Casey (PA), Sherrod Brown (OH), and Tim Kaine (VA).
Those Democrats will be stuck between a rock and a hard place this fall, being forced to choose risking losing reelection based on how they vote during the confirmation or being ostracized by their own party if they do not cave to Schumer.