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Mitch McConnell is standing by Lisa Murkowski Kathryn Krawczyk

Mitch McConnell is standing by Lisa Murkowski Kathryn Krawczyk

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, turns to answer a reporter's question after the Democratic policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 in Washington.

In an Associated Press interview, McConnell took issue with President Donald Trump, who has said Alaska voters "will never forgive" Murkowski and that she'll "never recover" politically after bucking her party on Kavanaugh last week.

Republican voters are madder about the treatment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate confirmation process and are more likely to vote in November than Democrats, according to a new national survey.

"I have never been convinced that rallies and candidate events move the needle all that much", Kondik said.

According to CNN's poll, Democrats' enthusiasm about their congressional vote has increased, with 62 percent saying they were extremely or very enthusiastic to vote, up seven points since September among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents.

The public nature of a case past year involving former 9th Circuit judge Alex Kozinski, who was accused of sexual misconduct, was unusual. They're disgusted by Republicans' dismissive attitude toward Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh assaulted her at a high school party, and appalled at Kavanaugh's weeping, shouting, paranoid and partisan tantrum, accusing the left of "revenge on behalf of the Clintons". None of the witnesses the women said would corroborate their claims did so, and Kavanaugh passionately denied the allegations.

"Democrats want to raise your taxes, impose socialism, dismantle law enforcement, eliminate (the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency) and get rid of American borders", Trump said in a state where immigration is a particularly divisive topic because of the influx of laborers who support farming and other industries.




However, "Nobody's going to beat her", McConnell said.

The Judiciary Committee could add nine judges to that list during a meeting Thursday, and five others had their confirmation hearings Wednesday, meaning they, too, could see committee action this month.

Trump on Twitter on Tuesday said he was "very proud" of Kavanaugh and his family, and disparaged the anti-Kavanaugh protesters.

In less than 21 months, the Senate has confirmed two Supreme Court justices, 26 circuit court judges and 41 district court picks.

Democratic aides acknowledge that their legislative hopes will likely be dashed by a Republican-controlled Senate, should the GOP keep control of that chamber, as well as President Trump.

A Democratic takeover of Congress could expose Trump to impeachment investigations and lead to multiple probes into his administration just as he prepares for his own re-election fight in 2020.

Then there's Zina Bash, Kavanaugh's former law clerk, who was accused of throwing up a white supremacist hand sign during his confirmation hearing.


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