Midterm election candidates 'can't be neutral' on Kavanaugh decision, says prof
Appointment could hurt Republican prospects in midterms, says prof
Candidates in the U.S. midterm elections can't hide from the rancour over Brett Kavanaugh's ascent to the Supreme Court, according to a political science professor.
"What the Kavanaugh hearing has done is nationalize the elections," said Dan Cassino, associate professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University, in Teaneck, N.J.
"Now that's probably gonna be good for Republicans in the Senate, but it's likely to be very, very bad for them in the elections for the House of Representatives," he told The Current's guest host David Common.
Kavanaugh was confirmed as a U.S. Supreme Court justice on Saturday, with a Senate vote of 50-48 in his favour. His nomination was dogged by accusations of sexual misconduct, culminating in a day of public hearings and an FBI investigation.
"In the sort of swing districts that are going to decide control of the House, those districts are really decided by moderate women, especially moderate, younger, white women," Cassino said.
"The Kavanaugh hearings present a real problem for a candidate running in those districts on the Republican ticket," he added.
"There's simply no way to be neutral on this, which is what those candidates would really, really like to do."
To discuss the election, Common was joined by:
- Matt Mackowiak, a Republican consultant and president of the Potomac Strategy Group, a PR and strategic communications firm
- LA Kauffman, grassroots activist, organizer and author of How to Read a Protest
- Dan Cassino, associate professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University
Listen to the full discussion near the top of this page.
Produced by The Current's Zena Olijnyk and Ghalia Bdiwe.