Pay attention, Democrats. Watch what Republicans are doing. You’ll see what raw power looks like — and understand why winning in November is so vital for the nation’s future.

President Trump, aware that the country is passionately divided on many critical issues, could have nominated a moderate jurist to replace now retired Supreme Court justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who had been the swing vote between the court’s conservative and liberal wings. Instead, Trump nominated Brett M. Kavanaugh, a darling of far-right pressure groups that want to topple the remaining pillars of progressive jurisprudence, including Roe v. Wade.

The administration withheld reams of relevant documents from Kavanaugh’s service in the White House during the George W. Bush years. Democrats squawked. The Republicans who control the Senate just smiled.

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