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Unwavering support of Kavanaugh shows GOP knows ‘the House is gone’ and is betting on the Senate: NYT sources

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The decision to push through the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh despite the angry reaction of suburban white women shows that the Republican Party knows it’s likely to lose control of the House of Representatives, but is betting on winning Senate seats in red seats, a half-dozen political advisers from both sides of the aisle told the New York Times.

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The decision to push through an ultra-conservative judge accused of multiple sex crimes shows that the GOP is confident that a favorable Senate map, in which red state Democrats are defending their seats, will break their way.

“They’ve played to their hard base but that base isn’t big enough for them to carry the day across the country,” said Representative Dina Titus, Democrat of Nevada. “The people they lost by doing this are women they need in the suburbs regardless of what their party registration is.”

Mitch McConnell’s adviser said that Republicans are showing they will stand up to a “liberal mob” to shore up their base.

“He understood immediately that if we’re not willing to stand up to the liberal mob in collusion with the media than there’s going to be a whole lot of Republicans asking themselves: ‘Why am I voting for this party?’” said Scott Jennings, an adviser to Mr. McConnell.

Even Chris Jankowski of the pro-Kavanaugh Judicial Crisis Network crowed that red state senators up for election had to now support Kavanaugh but also admitted that the party could pay a price in Congressional and gubernatorial races.

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“Senators Manchin and Heitkamp must vote for Kavanaugh to have even a glimmer of hope to win in November. The numbers are just that clear,” he said. “This will obviously reverberate beyond U.S. Senate elections and where there is a blue wave coming, it will get bigger, which raise issues for congressional races and state elections.”

Alixandra Lapp of the House Democratic super PAC said that the party is all but giving up on suburban women.

“It’s like they’ve got a strategy to drive their support among suburban women down into the teens and they’re executing it brilliantly,” she said.

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Former Obama strategist David Axelrod said that the strategy is risky.

“Maybe they believe the House is gone,” he said, “but they almost certainly are increasing that prospect.”

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Ted Cruz mocked for tantrum about Gorsuch siding with Native American rights: ‘Way to channel Andrew Jackson’

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In a surprise move on Thursday, Trump-appointed Justice Neil Gorsuch sided with Native American rights, ruling that Oklahoma must honor a treaty granting tribal sovereignty over much of the eastern portion of the state.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to Twitter to vent his outrage over the decision.

Neil Gorsuch & the four liberal Justices just gave away half of Oklahoma, literally.

Manhattan is next. https://t.co/Ic9gqqznJp

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MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace chuckles after Times reporter explains why Trump has no hope of pivoting to an empathetic campaign

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MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace struggled to stifle a chuckle in a conversation about President Donald Trump's struggle to run a campaign that can contend with most Americans' needs in a horrific pandemic.

"I think to Nick [Confessore's] point earlier, there should be a sense of nervousness in Trump's camp," began Democratic strategist Basil Smikle. "You don't see -- you talked about enablers. You don't see Republicans engaged in their behavior with respect to the president at this juncture. You're starting to see them not nationalize he's the president of the United States. They should be more allied with him, but instead, they're focused on local campaigns. The president has lost several cases at the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act case notwithstanding. There's a lot of things they should be rallying around, but they can't."

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Here’s how bad things are for Trump after the Supreme Court ruling: columnist

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In a piece for Vanity Fair, columnist Eric Lutz addressed the degree to which President Donald Trump is in trouble after the ruling by the Supreme Court on his financial records.

Trump has spent the better part of four years fighting any transparency about his finances and taxes, which many have suspected might reveal illegal activity.

"He's not going to release his tax returns," said senior adviser Kellyanne Conway in 2017. "We litigated this all through the election. People didn't care."

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