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This article highlights the pickle that Democrats find themselves in over the Kavanaugh nomination. At one point, the article states “White House officials contend the Supreme Court was a powerful motivator for Republican base voters in 2016, when Trump won the White House, and they’re seeking to capitalize on Kavanaugh’s confirmation to help overcome an enthusiasm gap with Democrats. Likewise, a vote for Kavanaugh by either Tester or Heitkamp could frustrate their Democratic base eager for a more confrontational approach to the Trump administration.”

With the Democrats’ base getting crazier with each primary, the Democrats are in a difficult spot. Do they do the right thing and listen to their constituents? Or do they pander to the progressive extremists that fund their campaigns? If I was advising them, I’d advise them to take a centrist approach and tell the extremists to take a hike. I’d rather have the votes than the campaign cash. It isn’t that complicated.

“It’s a real pickle,” said GOP strategist Josh Holmes. “There is no question that all of these red-state Democrats would prefer to have an extremely quiet experience when it comes to the consideration of Kavanaugh,” he said. “They don’t want to upset leadership and the liberal base that’s funding their campaigns, but the voters who control their fate are overwhelmingly in favor of Kavanaugh.”

The problem for these Democrats is that President Trump intends on making this a loud rambunctious election issue. If they vote against Kavanaugh, they’ll lose. In fact, I’d argue that they’re already likely to lose since they both voted against the Trump/GOP tax cuts. That issue hasn’t been exploited — yet — but it soon will.

Democrats question whether the Kavanaugh vote will resonate in the race to unseat Tester, the Big Sandy farmer who has emphasized his independence and willingness to cross the partisan aisle to work with the president, who carried Montana by 20 percentage points two years ago.

“It’s not like you’re standing in the grocery store line and people are talking about the Kavanaugh confirmation. It’s pretty inside baseball for folks,” said Barrett Kaiser, a Montana-based Democratic strategist who advised former Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. Kaiser said Tester had demonstrated a “proven bipartisan record of working with this administration when it helps Montana and oppose them when it doesn’t.”

That’s BS. In Tester’s case, he’s already voted against Justice Gorsuch and the Trump/GOP tax cuts. If he votes against confirming Judge Kavanaugh, what type of chance will he have of convincing Montanans that he’s a bipartisan on the issues that matter most? I’m betting that chance drops precipitously. Just watch this rally, then tell me that Trump isn’t inspiring new voters:

Heitkamp and Tester might as well vote against Kavanaugh. It isn’t like they’ve got a great chance of winning this November.

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