On Tuesday, Republican party heavyweights voiced their support for Kavanaugh and called for a swift confirmation process. That could be the case, but for now, pressure has ramped up on Sens.
"Both Democrats and Republicans are seizing on Kavanaugh's confirmation as the midterms approach, with both sides galvanizing their respective bases around the issue". Trump was decided on Kavanaugh by Friday, but waited until Sunday to inform the nominee. They already have also been hammering the message that he would vote to undermine key progressive priorities like the landmark Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights and the Supreme Court decision affirming the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Then again, in the nightmare scenario, the GOP could pick-up all of these seats.
Whether it will amount to anything substantive is an open question - Republicans involved in Kavanaugh's nomination say they are confident they don't expect any surprises, despite the sizable paper trail the appellate judge has left during a career in public service.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, reiterated his pledge to "fight this nominee with everything I've got". "Let's be clear about what this is about, it's about government taking on the decision about a woman and what she does with her body". Abortion became legal in 1973 in a famous case known as Roe versus Wade. But that is always going to be the case, and I don't think after the Clinton Administration, the Bush Administration, or now the Obama Administration, throwing up our hands presidency after presidency makes much sense.
Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, told Al Jazeera that his organisation's immediate call of action would be to "have its members across the USA express their views to senators in their states and urge them to oppose this nomination".
Gupta argued that the president made his choice with his legal troubles in mind and that someone like Kavanaugh would eventually protect him against Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between Trump's 2016 election campaign and the Russians. "There are several others", Schumer said, claiming that Kavanaugh is "way at the extremes" and referencing a 2009 law review article authored by Kavanaugh to ridiculously assert that Kavanaugh - formerly a member of Ken Starr's investigative team into President Bill Clinton's Whitewarter and Lewinsky scandals - believes a sitting president shouldn't be investigated.
Not everyone appeared to respect Judge Kavanaugh, however, with many launching apocalyptic predictions such as Kavanaugh's nomination leading to a "dictatorship". It's a Supreme Court justice, this is a lifetime job.
Opposition figures wasted no time in assailing Kavanaugh, warning his confirmation would usher in the erosion of civil liberties and long-held rights, while conservatives were quick to drum up support for the nominee.
"This, of course, is another peculiarity of the Trump presidency: blockbuster news has a way of popping out of nowhere and dominating the conversation in ways that no one expected".
"We'll try to do what we can to accommodate everybody's interest", he said.