Sen. Rand Paul announces he’ll support the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh

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If you want a good sign of the seriousness that surrounds the confirmation fight over Brett Kavanaugh, look at how quickly the usually hard senator Rand Paul abandoned any pretense of possible opposition to Trump's second Supreme Court nominee.

"After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I have made a decision to support his nomination", Paul tweeted on Monday. "Each nominee however, must be judged on the totality of their views character and opinions", Paul said in one of those tweets.

Most of us expected that Paul would back Kavanaugh in the end, but it's good that he's now on record and good that he didn't drag out whatever suspense he might have created.

After reviewing Kavanaugh's record, Paul said he was confident he would be more open to constitutional Fourth Amendment protections involving digital records and property.

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The meeting reportedly was lengthy, two hours or more by some accounts.

"I believe he will carefully adhere to the Constitution and take his job to protect individual liberty seriously", Paul added. Paul had said he was on the fence.

Americans are divided on how they'd like the Senate to handle Kavanaugh's nomination, with 30 percent saying their senators should vote to confirm, 29 percent that their senators should oppose him, and the plurality ― 41 percent ― that they're not sure. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, who have bucked the Republican Party on previous issues dealing with women's reproductive rights.

Depending on turnout at the time of the vote, Democrats will likely need all 49 members of their caucus to vote against confirmation and then persuade one or two Republicans to vote against Judge Kavanagaugh as well.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has said that Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing and vote will take place this fall, and that he expects the new justice to be seated by the next Supreme Court term, the first Monday in October.

In HuffPost/YouGov's polling, net support for confirming Kavanaugh was 13 percentage points lower than net support for Gorsuch; that gap was 6 points in a Fox News survey and 7 points in both Pew Research and Gallup's polling. Joe Manchin - the first Democrat to sit down with President Trump's pick for the high court.

Meanwhile, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network has run ads in West Virginia highlighting Mr. Manchin's choice of backing Mr. Trump or siding with Democratic leaders.

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