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NYT: The upcoming SCOTUS confirmation hearing could be a real game-changer -- for Trump and the GOP

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Hotair.com: “NYT: The upcoming SCOTUS confirmation hearing could be a real game-changer -- for Trump and the GOP”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Tomorrow at roughly 5 ET, the nation will learn who Donald Trump will nominate to fill the opening on the Supreme Court. At roughly 5:01 ET, if history gives us any guide, every Democrat and liberal-progressive interest group will declare that person a threat to the Republic who must be stopped by any means necessary. That will create the kind of contentious confirmation hearing of the fever and pitch we saw in 2018 with Brett Kavanaugh, not to mention the confirmations of Neil Gorsuch, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, and so on.

With that expectation in mind, some Republicans and conservatives wondered whether it might be better just to skip the hearing altogether. Not so fast, the New York Times’ Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman write today. A Supreme Court fight might not win Trump any new voters, but it will change the conversation in a way that will only benefit him right before the election:

As President Trump prepares to reveal his Supreme Court nominee on Saturday, and Senate Republicans move to hold lightning-quick confirmation hearings ahead of the election, they are making risky calculations aimed at navigating difficult political straits with less than 40 days left in the campaign.

In order to achieve a new 6-3 conservative majority on the court, Republicans are poised to defy a clear majority of voters who have indicated in polls that they want the winner of the election to pick a nominee for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat. They are even willing to energize Democratic turnout in the short run by elevating issues like abortion, if it means achieving the long-term goal of tilting the court further to the right. …

They believe a partisan fight over the court offers them at least a chance to steer the debate away from political danger zones like the president’s handling of a virus that has claimed over 200,000 American lives and his unceasing rhetorical eruptions, most recently his indication that he would be unwilling to agree to a peaceful transition of power.

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