Brian Fallon believes Democrats shouldn't "reserve judgment" when it comes to opposing President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. While Republicans hold a majority in the Senate, and Senate actions taken past year reduce the threshold for nomination approval to a simple majority, confirmation promises to be a stiff fight.
There are two Republican senators, Susan Collins of ME, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who are being watched closely because of their pro-abortion rights stances and their votes against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act - "Obamacare".
Now Democrats - who as the minority party have few options to block the Kavanaugh confirmation process - are desperate for their support once more as they weigh what many see as one of the most consequential decisions of Trump's presidency.
While some Supreme Court justices boast assets worth well over $1 million, President Trump's nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy - Brett Kavanaugh - appears to lead a much more modest lifestyle.
He was making the rounds on Capitol Hill Wednesday, paying courtesy calls tp some of the senators who will decide his fate. But he also talked a good game when Kavanaugh was up for confirmation for his current judicial seat, and Kavanaugh was confirmed.
Also speaking in the media teleconference, Clarke highlighted the Supreme Court' landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalised abortion in the US.
And yet she is unlikely to press the issue directly with Kavanaugh.
"I think what's more likely is that the court will follow what Judge Kavanaugh has done in his opposition on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals and simply limit the Environmental Protection Agency's power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions", Carlson told The World.
"I obviously want the opportunity to sit down with him one on one to get a better sense of his judicial philosophy".
Other Democrats are anxious about Kavanaugh's written opinion that a President should not face legal action for a crime while in office.
He said if he's chair of the judiciary committee before the 2020 election, he would not move forward with any Supreme Court nominees, following the tradition set.
The Workmen's Circle, a progressive Jewish organization with roots in the labor movement, said Kavanaugh's nomination represents the latest salvo in a "war against the working people of this country".
"Justice Kavanaugh is prepared to carry forth Trump's agenda", she added, and "gut the Affordable Care Act", referring to Obama's healthcare law, widely known as Obamacare.
In addition, the New York Democrat said, the nominee's writings reveal an expansive view of presidential authority that is ominous in the Trump era. In the case of a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant who was seeking an abortion, he dissented from the majority ruling and voted that she shouldn't be allowed to obtain the procedure.
Judge Kavanaugh, gun rights advocates say, can be counted on.
The White House meanwhile has leaned on them, with Trump meeting separately with the two shortly after Kennedy's resignation announcement. NARAL Pro-Choice America launched a new advertising campaign warning that Kavanagh is "ready to end Roe v. Wade".
They're mostly conservatives and have been embraced by the GOP majority in the Senate.
West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, battling for reelection in a state Trump won in 2016, in a statement on Kavanaugh's nomination, said the "Supreme Court will ultimately decide if almost 800,000 West Virginians with pre-existing conditions will lose their healthcare".
I do. That's not to say it won't be hard. Your base is all over you.
Collins and Murkowski will also need to weigh those concerns ahead of the Kavanaugh vote.