Red State Democrats could be pushed to extinction if they try to block Trump Supreme Court nominee
Red-state Democrats seeking re-election this fall were already facing the difficult task of navigating between their own virulently anti-Trump national party and the Republican-leaning voters needed to win back home. But that narrow path has become even more of a tightrope now that incumbents will be asked to take sides on the president’s impending Supreme Court nomination.The left seems bent on defending the indefensible Roe v. Wade decision on abortion. They have also threatened any of their members who break ranks. It is a decision that has led to family separations from their children which the left says it opposes unless the child is still in the womb. They are willing to push Red State Democrats into committing political suicide to stop states from making their own judgment on the issue of abortion.
Mr. Trump said he will move quickly to name a replacement for retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, and Senate Republican leaders said they will vote on his pick this fall, brushing aside Democrats’ demands to wait until after the election.
If the Republicans hold firm, the Senate is likely to vote on a Supreme Court nominee just as the midterm campaign season hits full stride, after Labor Day.
It also means vulnerable Democrats in states such as West Virginia and North Dakota will have to choose between a president who easily won their states in 2016 and a frenzied liberal base intent on blocking anyone he chooses.
“This will become the defining issue in all of the contested Senate races,” said Chris Pack, spokesman for the Senate Leadership Fund. “It is a litmus-test vote for all red-state Democrats on whether they have President Trump’s back or not. Nothing else comes close.”
In the spotlight immediately are Sens. Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota — the three Democrats who broke with their party last year to vote for Mr. Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch.
The three lawmakers met separately with Mr. Trump last week at The White House.
Others include Sens. Jon Tester of Montana and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, whose states Mr. Trump also easily won in 2016.
Mr. Trump is slated to hold a rally in Montana on Thursday.