SCOTUS fight could energize GOP

Haris Alic reports for the Washington Free Beacon that Republican leaders are using the fight over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to activate GOP voters.

The Republican National Committee is seizing the opportunity presented by the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation battle to energize conservative voters ahead of the 2018 midterms.

Only minutes after President Donald Trump announced his nomination of U.S. Appeals Court judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, the RNC unveiled how it planned to litigate the case for confirmation directly in front of the American public.

In its efforts, the RNC is relying on methods that previously proved successful in securing the confirmations of Justice Neal Gorsuch, CIA director Gina Haspel, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The plan, relying heavily on the RNC’s extensive field, data, and digital operations, is premised on two phases. The first, which has already begun, is centered on educating voters to Kavanaugh’s judicial record and qualifications. To that end, a significant portion of the RNC’s resources will be consigned to pushing back against distortions likely to be made of Kavanaugh’s personal and professional life. …

… The second phase, set to commence two weeks before confirmation hearings start, is focused on mobilizing an organic grassroots effort to pressure red-state Democrats to approve Kavanaugh.

In that regard, the RNC has deployed its field program, consisting of 500 paid staffers and 17,000 leadership fellows, to crank up the pressure on vulnerable Democratic senators.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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