The Note: Democrats seizing fight over Kavanaugh

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The TAKE with Rick Klein

It will all be on full display – in a fight the Democratic base craves, even if the outcome is all but certain – on Wednesday when Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing turns to questions from senators.

Kavanaugh’s confirmation is unlikely to be determined by concerns over documents or transparency. And the 2020 Democratic race won’t be settled by lectures from or interruptions by presidential hopefuls on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

But Democrats looking for ways to engage voters could do worse than to have a national public airing of the stakes. That very much includes questions of executive power and its use by President Donald Trump.

“If you want to pick judges,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told his Democratic colleagues Tuesday afternoon, “you better win.”

It was meant as something of a taunt. It could also be read as a challenge.

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