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It also underlines that the decision by McConnell to refuse to confirm President Barack Obama's pick for the court, Judge Merrick Garland, before the 2016 election, that could have led to a liberal majority, as one of the most far-reaching gambits in recent political history.

President Donald Trump is narrowing down his list of Supreme Court Justice candidates. He is among the best and brightest jurists on the appellate courts with a reputation of being fair and impartial in his decisions.

At stake is nothing less than a paradigm shift on the court, with the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy handing Trump an opportunity to place a decidedly conservative stamp on the bench. The president was gleeful when Gorsuch's name didn't leak out early.

Democrats say McConnell is being hypocritical in moving forward with the nomination.

"Bob Casey was for Judge Hardiman before he was against him, showing yet again that Casey will oppose anything President Trump does, even if it means contradicting himself", Barletta said in a statement.

All four federal judges have the endorsement of major Republican legal groups, most importantly the powerful Federalist Society.

In selecting Kavanaugh, Trump "has put reproductive rights and freedoms and health care protections for millions of Americans on the judicial chopping block", tweeted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, adding the hashtag #StopKavanaugh.

"Judge Kavanaugh's reasoning on religious liberty, Obamacare, and issues concerning life have proven to be of major concern", said AFA President Tim Wildmon.

A graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School, Kavanaugh - the only one of Trump's four finalists who has an Ivy League degree - will be in good company on a court where all the current justices have gone to law school at Harvard or Yale.

The candidates on Trump's shortlist are all steadfast conservatives.

According to The Associated Press, Sen. The court's ruling in her favor was based on a constitutional principle, he wrote, "as novel as it is wrong: a new right for unlawful immigrant minors in U.S. Government detention to obtain immediate abortion on demand". He's urging people to make their voices heard, an indirect reference to voicing their objections to senators.

Trump had little to say about his choice before the announcement. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, the GOP nominee challenging McCaskill this fall, released a campaign ad this week targeting her over the coming Supreme Court fight.

Before announcing his choice, Trump paused a moment to thank Kennedy for a lifetime of service.

Trump has moved quickly to make a nomination while Republicans hold a bare majority in the Senate, which needs to approve the appointment.

Outside adviser Leonard Leo, now on leave from the Federalist Society, said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that this kind of jockeying is standard, noting that "every potential nominee before announcement gets concerns expressed about them by people who might ultimately support them".

Kavanaugh is viewed as a more conservative-leaning judge, but still must go through a gauntlet of confirmation hearings as Democrats hope to stave off the confirmation until after the midterms. Libertarians will also point out that Kennedy joined the majority opinion that unleashed the forces of eminent domain abuse in Kelo v. City of New London (2005). The framers established that the Constitution is created to secure the blessings of liberty. Kavanaugh, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, is also a former Kennedy clerk. Some conservatives have questioned his commitment to social issues like abortion. Judge Thomas Hardiman is a US appeals court judge that The Washington Post reports is a "Second Amendment extremist". But after working in the George W. Bush administration, Kavanaugh's stance has softened, reports The Washington Post.

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