Trump will nominate a justice who could set the course of the country for years and decades to come - for good or ill, depending upon your viewpoint - but a late development this weekend reinforces that the decision isn't destined to be a home run.
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He claimed Trump is looking to pick a judge who will "automatically overturn Roe v. Wade", but said a "vast majority" of Americans will side with Democrats if Trump makes such a pick. Hardiman, a one-time cab driver from Waltham, Massachusetts who was the first member of his family to attend college, served alongside Trump's older sister, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, on the 3rd Circuit.
The president also has been considering federal appeals court Judges Raymond Kethledge and Thomas Hardiman.
They include Judge Raymond Kethledge, 51, who sits on the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals, who would puncture the Ivy League aura that cloaks the Supreme Court since he studied law at the University of MI and not Harvard or Yale.
President Trump has decided on his nominee for the Supreme Court, a source with knowledge of the search told Fox News, though the name of the pick still is not known.
Some conservatives have expressed concerns about Kavanaugh - a longtime judge and former clerk for Justice Kennedy - questioning his commitment to social issues like abortion and noting his time serving under President George W. Bush as evidence he is a more establishment choice. Without Republican defections, however, Senate rules leave Democrats with scant options to block confirmation of Trump's nominee. She has discussed her opposition to abortion before - which is based in her Catholic beliefs - but promised senators a year ago during her confirmation hearing for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that her religious beliefs would not color her decisions.
The officials underscored that McConnell did not push any choice on the president. The New York Times reports she says she would like to see the scope of abortion rights changed.
And Democrats can not even be sure of holding their line against Trump's pick.
"I think the path to confirmation for any of the final four is not a problem", he told CNN.
"I will oppose the nomination the President will make tonight because it represents a corrupt bargain with the far Right, big corporations, and Washington special interests", Casey said in a statement.
Recent developments underline the shrewdness of Trump's campaign team, which published a list of potential court nominees with stellar conservative credentials before he faced off against Hillary Clinton.
As soon as Trump announces his Supreme Court pick, Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative political advocacy organization, says it will start airing ads in Alabama, Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia promoting the nomination.
Republicans are eager for conservatives to gain a firm majority on the court.