Supreme Court Fight Sharpens the Stakes for Midterms

The bitter battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court has exacerbated the nation’s political divide and left many Americans emotionally raw. It’s also given new definition to the high stakes of November’s election.Until now, the fight for control of Congress has largely been viewed as a referendum on President Donald Trump’s first two years in office. But the turmoil surrounding Kavanaugh has transformed the midterms into something bigger than Trump, with implications that could endure long after his presidency.

The election is suddenly layered with charged cultural questions about the scarcity of women in political power, the handling of sexual assault allegations, and shifting power dynamics that have left some white men uneasy about their place in American life.

Both parties contend the new contours of the race will energize their supporters in the election’s final stretch. Both may be right.

Republicans, however, may benefit most in the short term. Until now, party leaders, Trump included, have struggled to rev up GOP voters, even with a strong economy to campaign on. The president’s middling job approval rating and independent voters’ disdain for his constant personal attacks have been a drag on GOP candidates, particularly in the more moderate suburban districts that will determine control of the House.

 Read more at Real Clear Politics

Current News

Elizabeth Warren and her little DNA story

Elizabeth Warren and her little DNA story

President Trump has been on another winning streak, and the Democrats are desperate for attention. Their problem?  Read more

Trump threatens to cut off aid to Honduras over immigrant 'caravan'

Trump threatens to cut off aid to Honduras over immigrant 'caravan'

FBI chief: 'Usual process was followed' for Kavanaugh background investigation Dems eye ambitious agenda if House flips Supreme Court declines to hear appeal in greenhouse gas case ruled on by Kavanaugh Trump threatens to cut off aid to Honduras over immigrant 'caravan' Melania: Husband's alleged affairs 'not concern and focus of mine' Trump administration proposes tough rules on protests Trump threatens to cut off aid to Honduras over immigrant 'caravan' Melania: Husband's alleged affairs 'not concern and focus of mine' Trump administration proposes tough rules on protests Trump threatens to cut off aid to Honduras over immigrant 'caravan' TheHill.com Autoplay: On | Off President Trump on Tuesday threatened to cut off aid to Honduras if its government does not stop a migrant "caravan" from heading north toward the U.S. border  Read more

Trump tops $100 million raised for his 2020 re-election campaign

Trump tops $100 million raised for his 2020 re-election campaign

The president has more than $47 million in the bank as a significant show of strength against a possible Democratic opponent  Read more

Carter page sues DNC for alleged defamation stemming from Steele dossier

Carter page sues DNC for alleged defamation stemming from Steele dossier

Former Trump campaign official Carter Page announced on Monday a defamation lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) over the salacious dossier that claims he has ties to Russia  Read more

GOP Gains Momentum, But Midterm Spending Trails Dems'

GOP Gains Momentum, But Midterm Spending Trails Dems'

With the election less than 24 days away, Republicans are seeing momentum in polls after the Kavanaugh hearings and a new path to holding their majority in the House  Read more

Trump sees that being tough on crime requires being smart on crime

Trump sees that being tough on crime requires being smart on crime

Now is the time for criminal justice reform, and President Trump is the man to do it  Read more