Chuck Schumer believes a strategy that includes selling the public that having Kavanaugh in the SCOTUS would quicken the demise of what is left of Obamacare can successfully stop President Trump’s pick from being confirmed.
Even liberal leaning Politico which reported Schumer’s remarks is highly skeptical of his claim.
As reported by Politico
Senate Democrats can successfully orchestrate the rejection of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday morning, if they can convince the American people that his confirmation will lead to the undoing of abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act by the Supreme Court.
“Let me say this. I believe if we can prove to the American people, which I believe is truly the case, that this nominee will lead to a court that repeals women’s reproductive freedom, repeals ACA with its protections for pre-existing conditions, we will get a majority of the Senate to vote for it,” Schumer told “CBS This Morning” when asked how he might block Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “Obviously, even if we had every Democrat, we need two Republicans. But if we can make that case, we will get a majority.”
With Republicans in control of a 51-49 majority in the Senate, Schumer (D-N.Y.) would indeed need at least two GOP lawmakers, plus the vote of every single Democrat, in order to successfully block Kavanaugh’s confirmation. But with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) away from Washington as he undergoes cancer treatment, the Republican majority is effectively 50-49, meaning Democrats might need only to peel away a single GOP senator.
But keeping Democrats unified in opposition to Kavanaugh could prove to be as tough a task as finding a GOP senator to partner with. Several Democratic senators are up for reelection this year in states where Trump won in 2016, including some where the president won by a wide margin. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) all broke with their party last year to vote to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s previous Supreme Court pick.