Analyst Looks at Democrats' House, Senate Prospects

Brett Kavanaugh with his D.C. Circuit law clerks from 2014 to 2015

They were filed originally with Kavanaugh's old court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

If Republicans do gain additional seats in the Senate, any contentious legislation passed in the House would likely not be passed in the Senate.

One Republican observer said he thought as many as 20 or 21 of the 25 Republican districts that went for Hillary Clinton past year could well flip to the Democrats, producing a large Democratic House wave.

The tone inside the courtroom was collegial, in contrast to the venom of Kavanaugh's confirmation fight.

"Senate Democrats must want to get out of Washington to campaign", said Sen. Twenty-three of the 35 seats up for reelection are now held by Democrats, and President Trump won in 10 of the states where Democrats are defending their seats.

Kavanaugh heard his first arguments on Tuesday as a Supreme Court justice, following one of the most contentious confirmation processes in the country's history. Kondik said many other trends this year favor Democrats, especially in the battle for control of the House of Representatives.

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While Democrats hold most statewide offices in Washington, the political split in the Legislature is much narrower: Democrats now hold a one-seat advantage in the Senate and a two-seat advantage in the House. "One month ago, 64 percent said they were very motivated - including 67 percent of Democrats, 69 percent of Republicans, and 55 percent of independents".

Clearing the judicial nominees provided a signature walk-off for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has focused on reshaping the judiciary with more conservative jurists.

With the House and the Senate closing up shop until after the USA midterm elections, it seems fitting to take a look at what the makeup of the respective chambers will look like in 2019, and what that means for legislation.

While Democrats remain favorites to make gains in the House, Republicans are showing some momentum in some key Senate races in recent days.

CNN legal analyst Joan Biskupic said Brett Kavanaugh would be "changing the law of the land" for the next 20 years as the newest Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. At this point it seems likely that anger and accusations will swirl around the Justice for quite a while, and having open ethics complaints looked into by the Tenth Circuit isn't going to help matters much.

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