Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan is joining the growing list of Senate Democrats opposing President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. In a statement Tuesday, Stabenow said she can't support Judge Neil Gorsuch, complaining about his "long record of siding with special interests and institutions instead of hard-working Americans." So far, 19 Democrats have announced their opposition, raising the prospects of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changing Senate rules to get Gorsuch confirmed. Republicans hold a 52-48 majority. It takes 60 votes to clear parliamentary hurdles and set up an up-or-down vote on a Supreme Court nominee.
During the hearing on Thursday to review sexual assault allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, accuser Christine Blasey Ford explained why she had waited to come forward with her account. Many critics have attempted to discredit Ford by painting the timing of her decision to make her allegation public as opportunistic and partisan. In a statement to investigators, which Rachel Mitchell, special counsel for the Republicans, referred to during the hearing, Ford claims that on July 6, she "had a sense of urgency to relay the information [of the assault] to the Senate and the president." When asked if she had made any attempts to reach them on that date, Ford replied that she didn't know how. At that point, Kavanaugh had not been named as the nominee, but he was on President Trump's shortlist.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in March. We've just barely crossed the 100-day mark of Donald Trump's presidency, and the field of possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidates is already taking shape. An upcoming conference hosted by the liberal Center for American Progress will feature a who's-who list of Democrats whose names have been floated as White House hopefuls. Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York are scheduled to attend the conference. All have been rumored to be weighing a run for higher office.