It is not yet clear whether Republicans have locked down the votes to force through a Supreme Court confirmation in the remaining time before the 2020 election, or the lame duck session afterward, although President Donald Trump and GOP leaders have signaled their intent to try to do so.
However, on CNN Saturday, former Hillary Clinton strategist Jess McIntosh outlined one obstacle for Republicans: vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.
“Kamala Harris sits on the Judiciary Committee,” said anchor Anderson Cooper. “Potentially she could be questioning a nominee as a vice presidential pick?”
“And she is very, very good at that,” said McIntosh. “I would like folks to remember what Kamala Harris, on the Judiciary Committee, was capable of doing with, say, Jeff Sessions. I don’t think that these hearings are going to go the way that Republicans are hoping that they will. I think they are going to face incredibly tough questions.”
“We are talking about a president who has been impeached, a president who did not win the popular vote, and a president who has presided over the deaths of 200,000 Americans,” added McIntosh. “I don’t think many Americans want that man deciding what is going to set policy for the next generation.”
Trump is closing the campaign by telling America to ‘drop dead’: CNN’s Paul Begala
President Donald Trump is still claiming that America has "rounded the corner" on the novel coronavirus pandemic even as infections over the weekend surged to record highs.
CNN political analyst Paul Begala on Monday argued that Trump's efforts to pretend the pandemic is no longer a problem were falling flat, and he said seniors in particular were moving away from the president.
Begala also shredded White House chief of staff Mark Meadows for saying the administration isn't even trying to contain the pandemic.
‘Lindsey Graham is in trouble!’ Jaime Harrison gloats as Pence scrambles to save endangered GOP senator
South Carolina Democratic Senate hopeful Jaime Harrison on Monday gloated that his opponent, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), was scrambling to rescue his campaign just one week before the 2020 election.
While appearing on CNN, Harrison argued that Vice President Mike Pence wouldn't be parachuting into South Carolina this week to stump for Graham if the campaign were confident in his chances.
"You know, I don't think I'm old enough to remember the last time a presidential candidate or vice presidential candidate traveled to South Carolina in the last week of an election," he said. "When he has to call in that type of favor, it says that Lindsey Graham is in trouble, that he's going to lose his race!"
Trump has ‘no closing argument’ — and he wastes time at rallies ranting about toilets: Politico reporter
Heading into the last week of the 2020 presidential race, President Donald Trump is still trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden, which is forcing the president to hold campaign rallies at a breakneck pace.
Appearing on CNN Monday, Politico reporter Ryan Lizza argued that Trump's campaign rallies this year aren't delivering the kind of concentrated punch that they delivered late in the 2016 race, when Hillary Clinton was struggling amid the fallout of former FBI director James Comey's infamous letter about newly discovered emails relating to her tenure at the State Department.