What happens next is a no-holds-barred fight for public opinion and Senate votes, which history suggests the president is heavily favored to win.
After endorsing Trump choice Neil Gorsuch a year ago, Cashman is at it again, this time backing Brett Kavanaugh. He needs only one Republican to switch if Arizona Sen. Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
But White House officials cautioned Sunday that Trump's informal conversations with golf partners and friends did not necessarily hint at whom he would ultimately select for the court, a decision that could tilt the bench to the right for decades.
Bidwill, who serves as the Cardinals' president, organized his fellow alumni to sign a letter backing Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.
Liberals plan to paint Kavanaugh as an extremist who can not be trusted, because of the process through which he was chosen, which included being part of a preapproved list drawn up for Trump during the campaign.
As of Tuesday, only one Senate Democrat up for re-election in a state that Trump won has announced that he's a no vote: Sen.
"It's a red state with a Democratic senator". "This is a nominee who is going to be incredibly popular".
Kavanaugh's many written opinions provide insight into his thinking and also will be fodder for Senate Democrats who will seek to block his confirmation.
Republicans are hoping for a speedy process to ensure the confirmation vote is held well before the November 6 midterm elections in which all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 Senate seats are up for grabs, with Democrats trying to seize control of Congress. Grass-roots groups are deploying in an effort to drum up local media coverage to pressure key senators. At the top of that list is abortion.
Both Baldwin and Stabenow said they had concerns, but didn't close the door yet.
NBC News reported that the Trump team was in talks with Kennedy about his replacement for months and he only felt comfortable retiring after he "received assurance that it would be Kavanaugh", per NBC reporter Geoff Bennett.
"We are concerned that Judge Kavanaugh's judicial record does not reflect the demonstrated independence and commitment to fair treatment for all that is necessary to merit a seat on our nation's highest court", Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL's CEO and national director, said in a statement.
In the piece he does not suggest that the supreme court should interpret executive authority differently. "What we don't want is people to go to the courts with a specific objective or policy criteria".
"We know #KavanaughSCOTUS is an extremist who has been expressed disturbing views on presidential power and would criminalize abortion".
The letter pointed to a dissent penned by Kavanaugh, in which the judge denied an undocumented teen the right to seek an abortion while in federal custody in Texas.
Using similar language, Nelson said he was open to meeting with Kavanaugh to discuss issues including "women's rights" and health care. That's Republicans and Democrats alike.
"I have North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, I have the United Kingdom, which is in somewhat turmoil, and I have Putin", the president said before embarking. "We hope you agree your sacrifice would be worth it".
A new liberal interest group, Demand Justice, plans to spend as much as $5 million to push Democrats to oppose Kavanaugh, and try to persuade Republicans Collins and Murkowski to do the same. "The principle of "I'll follow settled law" no longer works".