rock and a hard place
Just minutes after President Trump announced that he would nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Senate liberals declared their opposition, putting increased pressure on red state Democrats like Heidi Heitkamp to follow their lead or risk alienating their base.
Heitkamp has a tough choice in front of her, as 68% of North Dakota voters want her to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. But if she decides to listen to her constituents and support Judge Kavanaugh, she risks alienating her left-wing donors and enraging her liberal base. And if Heitkamp sides with Senate liberals and votes to block a qualified nominee, simply because he was nominated by President Trump, she will infuriate North Dakota voters and put her chances of reelection in further jeopardy.
“Heidi Heitkamp has to decide whether she’s willing to risk her Senate seat just to placate the liberal activists who are hell-bent on blocking an eminently qualified nominee to the Supreme Court,” said NRSC Spokesman Michael McAdams. “North Dakota voters are watching Heitkamp closely, and if she abandons them to stand with Chuck Schumer and Senate liberals it will be fresh in their minds when they head to the polls in November.”
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