But nothing's a given in Washington, especially in a Senate where Republicans have just a two-vote majority - or one vote with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at home getting treatment for brain cancer. News report on the Supreme Court nominee's financial forms. That comes after both of them indicated, in the lead-up to Trump's announcement, that they couldn't be counted on to vote for the president's nominee.
When you represent one of the most pro-Trump states in the nation, you automatically make the list of Democrats most likely to cross party lines.
"I am proud that a majority of my law clerks have been women", Kavanaugh added.
But: Jones sounded skeptical of Kavanaugh in an initial statement, saying he'll thoroughly vet Kavanaugh's background. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Clinton's former running mate for tweeting, "Here's what I'm wondering about the #SCOTUSpick: Will Judge Kavanaugh respect rulings to uphold the ACA? I will be diligent in measuring the record and in undertaking an independent review".
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told Fox News on Tuesday that Democratic hopefuls for 2020 feel the need to be "the most insane person" when commenting on President Donald Trump's federal court nominations.
In terms of its impact on the 2018 midterms, the third scenario, which involves the Senate defeating (or at least delaying) Kavanaugh, looks even worse for Democrats.
Conservative groups, meanwhile, have praised Kavanaugh.
More than any other red-state senator, Heitkamp has received a remarkable amount of help from Republicans to keep her job.
Did Schumer and Pelosi really think Trump was going to nominate a moderate?
A graduate of a Jesuit high school and an active member of a local Catholic church, Kavanaugh stressed his faith in his remarks at the White House on Monday and acknowledged Enzler and Catholic Charities. That opinion is not shocking, it's held by many legal experts, Republican and Democrat, alike.
But: Donnelly has also demonstrated a willingness to vote against Trump on big votes, like the tax bill.
How many Democratic Senators will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh?
Bartholet, a former lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and founder of the Legal Action Center in NY, stressed that she was basing her comments on Kavanaugh's judicial record - not his time at Harvard.
The potential "swing vote" - Kavanaugh. or Roberts? He supported releasing the girl to a sponsor, where she could obtain an abortion if she chose to do so and leave the government out of it.
"We all had our views", he said, but those who ended up working on the final Starr report understood it was a "consensus-building operation".
As Kavanaugh asserted that the majority's decision represented "a radical extension of the Supreme Court's abortion jurisprudence", he added, "It is undoubtedly the case that many Americans - including many Justices and judges - disagree with one or another aspect of the Supreme Court's abortion jurisprudence". And there is no record of Kavanaugh favoring overturning judicial precedents.
The Washington Post's Aaron Blake breaks down, reporters have reason to question Paul's loyalty to this Supreme Court pick. Kavanaugh takes a high-altitude approach, espousing broad constitutional principles.