During his introduction Monday night, Kavanaugh emphasized his belief that judges "must be independent" and "interpret the law, not make the law". "They have had every opportunity to pass progressive legislation that ensure women have access to safe and legal abortion, but lacked the moral courage to advance what's right, putting their own personal political gain ahead of those they represent".
"I don't think that if he were to be confirmed, we would see large and sudden shifts in the way the court goes about its business", Covington said, adding that "It's relatively safe to assume that you would see some incremental movement to the right, simply because he will be more conservative, in some ways, that Justice Kennedy was".
President Donald Trump may relish his status as an outsider, but Kavanaugh is anything but.
As of Wednesday morning, Kavanaugh is scheduled to meet with Republican Sens.
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said in a Fox News appearance that opposing Trump's nominee before he or she was even named was "troubling" and "not the way a democracy and federalism is supposed to work".
In 2001, when Judge Brett Kavanaugh's colleagues on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals voted to uphold Washington, D.C.'s assault weapons ban, he dissented. "We did prepare a press release in advance because we knew that all the people on Trump's nominee list would strip protections for nearly every marginalized group in the United States for years to come".
"I think he's going to do well", he said.
But Democrats say nothing short of Roe v. Wade is on the line and have cast Kavanaugh as a far-right judge who threatens women's reproductive rights.
The court majority agreed with EPA that it did not have to consider costs in protecting health and safety.
If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would help cement a rightward tilt on America's top court, potentially shaping many aspects of United States society for decades to come, including women's access to abortions. The White House did not reply to HuffPost's request for comment.
"For this reason, I expect many of them to vote in favor of the Republican nominee", he concluded.
Other Democrats are anxious about Kavanaugh's written opinion that a President should not face legal action for a crime while in office. Kavanaugh sided with a religious group that objected to having to notify their insurer or the federal government if they wanted an exemption.
"We've got a few Democrats on Justice Gorsuch and we're hopeful that we'll have a few of them on this nomination as well", McConnell said during his weekly press availability.
But perhaps more important than all of those issues, at least from a confirmation prospects perspective: Republican Sens. The president has faced allegations of sexual harassment and remains under investigation for obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation election meddling investigation.
Many conservatives have also praised Trump's selection.
Kavanaugh has not openly expressed a position on abortion, and tradition suggests he will not during his upcoming confirmation hearing or in meetings with lawmakers.
Before he was a judge, he ran an investigation into the death of a deputy adviser to President Bill Clinton.