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Once upon a time, Supreme Court nominee, Stand a good chance, with broad support from both parties.

Those days are gone.

As Brett Kavanaugh, President of the Trump nominee for the Supreme court, begins the charm offensive on Capitol Hill, he can expect far more polarized and partisan confirmation process as well as the grueling nomination battles of the past administrations.

To nominees Dating back to Gerald Ford’s presidency, the majority of the Supreme Court – even if, with a view to the flaming opposition – after all, some of the party won wide support, while a final confirmation vote.

Kavanaugh, if confirmed, with the possibility of an air-tight party-line vote. This, according to justice Neil from gorsuch confirmation won on a relatively narrow 54-45 vote.

You can be sure, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is responsible to check for the setting of the intensely partisan tone over court nominees, by the refusal of then-President Barack Obama’s nomination of judge Merrick Garland in the year 2016.

But the Trump era witnessed perhaps the most consistently court of polarized confirmation process for the Supreme court nominee in the modern era.

BGH confirmation votes since 1975

Neil From Gorsuch — 54-45

Merrick Garland — NA

Elena Kagan — 63-37

Sonia Sotomayor — 68-31

Samuel Alito — 58-42

Harriet Miers — NA

John Roberts — 78-22

Stephen Breyer — 87-9

Ruth Bader Ginsburg — 96-3

Clarence Thomas — 52-48

David Souter — 90-9

Anthony Kennedy — 97-0

Robert Bork — 42-58

Antonin Scalia — 98-0

William Rehnquist — 65-33

Sandra Day O’connor — 99-0

John Paul Stevens — 98-0


Before Kavanaugh Monday was even announced in the evening, a number of democratic senators made clear they would not keep voting for him.

Kavanaugh spent his first full day, Tuesday, as trump is nominated led around Capitol Hill, Vice President of Pence. Pence said on Fox News’ “special report with Bret Baier” that he was encouraged “very much” of the first reaction.

Still, a top Democratic senators held a press conference on Wednesday to speak against his nomination, on the heels of the above denunciations.

“He is a deeply, deeply conservative justice away from the mainstream,” Senate democratic leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, said on the Senate floor Tuesday.

The conservatives have moved to the rear, suggesting Democrats are nominated against each Trump. To make that point, they pounced on an error from the women’s March, an organization that sent out a press release slamming Trump nominated as an “extremist” on Monday night, but forget to replace the placeholders “XX” in the text with Kavanaugh’s name.

“This was in some cases quite literally, a fill-in-the-blank opposition,” Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the speech said in a floor. “You wrote to fill the statements of the opposition only in the later.”

However, the compromise nominee is a loose opposition to the Supreme court, you can management the new standard under the trump.

Trump is the first choice for the court, from gorsuch, won only three votes of Democrats in the last year.

It was not always so: Ford, John Paul Stevens 98-0 was confirmed. Under the then President Ronald Reagan, Sandra Day O’connor 99-0, it was confirmed; William Rehnquist was confirmed 65-33; Antonin Scalia was confirmed 98-0, Anthony Kennedy was confirmed 97-0.

Under the then President George H. W. Bush, David Souter 90-9, it was confirmed. Under Bill Clinton, Stephen Breyer confirmed 87-9, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was 96-3 was confirmed.


Under George W. Bush, John Roberts was confirmed 78-22, and Samuel Alito was confirmed on a firmer 58-42. Under President Barack Obama, Elena Kagan was confirmed 63-37, and Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed 68-31.

Of course, during this time, there were a few high-profile examples of the polarization picks, the passionate opposition, including those with little or confirms that never go out of the confirmation process.

Apart from Garland, Robert Bork nomination was rejected, made famous by the Senate in 1987. Clarence Thomas squeaked by in 1991, in a 52-48 vote.

Harriet Miers withdrew her 2005 nomination amid questions about her qualifications.


Alex Pappas is a political reporter at Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.

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