There is no doubting how ugly the confirmation hearing was for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh: hundreds of people were arrested, insults were hurled, death threats were even made against the nominee, his family, and Christine Blasey Ford, the initial woman who made accusations of sexual assault.
The confirmation eventually went through after Democrat charades and delay tactics failed.
As Democrats failed to derail the confirmation, they may have lost steam ahead of a consequential congressional election. And, their loss may have tilted Independents in the favor of Republicans, Washington Examiner Executive Editor Philip Klein wrote in an op-ed.
After a blistering confirmation battle, Justice Brett Kavanaugh will take his seat for oral arguments on the U.S. Supreme Court with a skeptical public, a majority of which opposed his nomination. However, Democrats may not be able to exploit this fact in the upcoming elections as much as they hope, because the independent voters overwhelmingly disapprove of their own handling of the nomination by a 28-point margin, a new CNN/SSRS poll finds.
What’s interesting, however, is even though Democrats on the surface would seem to have public opinion on their side, just 36 percent approved of how they handled the nomination, compared to 56 percent who disapproved.
A further breakdown finds that 58 percent of independents disapproved of the way the Democrats handled the nomination — compared to 30 percent who approved.
Not a good look for Democrats as they have repeatedly echoed their desire to sweep both legislative chambers.
POLL: Independents disapprove Dem nomination handling by 28-point margin… https://t.co/7RDK5qK6Kg
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) October 8, 2018
Klein continued to predict the Kavanaugh drama energized both politicals sides. The reaction from Independents is more difficult to predict, he argued, as some will be undoubtedly motivated to vote and react and others will shy away from getting involved.
A plurality of independents, 48%, and even 27% of Democrats, say that “Kavanaugh has faced a politically-motivated smear campaign” during his confirmation via new @CNN poll.
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) October 8, 2018
New post: Independents disapprove of Democrats’ handling of the Brett Kavanaugh nomination by a 28-point margin https://t.co/nDOtOLF0y8
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) October 8, 2018
Independents disapprove of GOP’s handling of Kavanaugh hearings 53-32.
But they disapprove of Dems’ handling *even more*, 58-30.https://t.co/TIZGbK80YC
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) October 8, 2018
Here’s even more from the CNN polling:
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
Majorities disapprove of each party’s handling of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings: 55% disapprove of the GOP in the Senate, 56% of the Democrats in the Senate. In early September, before the second hearing, set to address the allegations of sexual assault made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, 45% disapproved of each party’s handling of the confirmation hearings.
Partisans on both sides are more apt to disapprove of how the other party’s senators handled the confirmation hearing than they were a month ago, and both sides have become more positive toward their own senators at the same time. Among Democrats, 59% approved of the Democrats in the Senate in September, 67% do so now. Among Republicans, approval for their own partisans has risen from 68% last time to 77% now.