Senate confirms 15 more judges, wrapping up a GOP priority

Senate Republicans and Democrats reached a deal to confirm a slew of judicial nominations on Thursday, allowing senators up for reelection to return to their home states for the final stretch of the 2018 midterm campaign season. The message to Republican voters: Democrats are employing radical tactics that are only growing worse. That's when the GOP began accusing Democrats of condoning "mob rule" after raucous demonstrators opposing Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination harangued GOP lawmakers at the Capitol last week. "Only one side's leaders are now openly calling for more of it".

Clearing the judicial nominees provided a signature walk-off for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has focused on reshaping the judiciary with more conservative jurists.

It's not unusual for Republicans and Democrats alike to sharpen their rhetoric as elections approach in hopes of drawing loyal voters to the polls.

The same question faces the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct after the White House successfully argued that the Kavanaugh allegations should not be conflated with the rest of the movement. "But, boy, looking back, assessing what went on during the Kavanaugh hearings, there is no doubt - as somebody that studies branding - there is no doubt that at least for Senate candidates, that the Kavanaugh hearings were a disaster the for the Democratic Party".

McConnell's comments come less than four weeks from elections in which Democrats are seen as having a strong chance at capturing control of the House but weaker odds of winning a majority in the Senate.

"It's turned our base on fire", McConnell said about the battle, which he's called a political gift. In the first midterms after Obama was elected - and the first after the passage of Obamacare without a single GOP vote - Democrats got shellacked, losing 63 seats in the House of Representatives, the largest seat change since 1948 and the largest for any midterm election since 1938.

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Crowds at Trump campaign rallies have long chanted that about 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Registered voters are better informed, but more than a quarter of them also say they don't know how their Senators voted. Some Republicans said they received death threats.

In remarks Thursday, McConnell described last week's anti-Kavanaugh protesters as "literally storming the steps of the Capitol and the Supreme Court", confronting Republicans at restaurants and airports and shouting from visitors' galleries during Senate debates.

For another, although the confirmation hearings drew significant attention, it's far less clear whether the Supreme Court showdown will be enough of a priority to motivate voters who'd otherwise stay home or move the needle in any other way.

He also criticized former Attorney General Eric Holder.

McConnell noted that these activities followed last year's shooting of GOP lawmakers at a morning baseball practice by "a politically crazed gunman".

"It's time to put this embarrassing spectacle behind us", McConnell said prior to Kavanaugh's confirmation.

James Hodgkinson, who was killed at the scene by officers, was infuriated by President Donald Trump's election, his widow has said.

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