With the news of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s impending retirement, Democrats’ plan to oppose whomever President Trump nominates may get a little tricky.
According to a Politico report, conservatives are urging Trump to nominate a woman, most likely stalwart conservative Amy Coney Barrett.
If he does, Democrats in the Senate will be faced with the prospect of appearing anti-woman just ahead of the November elections.
Recall Barrett was assailed by Democrats — Sen. Diane Feinstein in particular — last year during her confirmation hearing for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Things went south when Feinstein attacked Barrett for her devout faith charging that “the dogma lives loudly within you.”
Here’s more from Hot Air…
How can Donald Trump best indemnify himself against political attacks over his upcoming Supreme Court nomination? Some conservatives concerned about the optics of replacing Anthony Kennedy, the center square on abortion issues for the last generation, have a strategy in mind, reports Politico’s Josh Gerstein. And that’s to play a little identity politics with the party that usually masters it:
No matter whom President Donald Trump picks for the Supreme Court this time around, the nominee is almost certain to come under withering liberal attack as a grave threat to women’s rights. Several conservatives close to the White House, however, say they know just how to blunt that looming assault: Pick a woman for the job.
With Roe v. Wade appearing to hang in the balance, the battle to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy will be an order of magnitude more intense than the fight last year over filling the seat left vacant after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Choosing a female nominee could turn down some of the heat on the abortion issue, give some political cover to female Republican senators like Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, and complicate the imagery in TV ads that are expected to savage the nominee, whoever he — or she — may be.