15 judges were approved in the deal, which included three nominees to federal appeals courts, and a dozen federal district judges.
One Republican observer said he thought as many as 20 or 21 of the 25 Republican districts that went for Hillary Clinton a year ago could well flip to the Democrats, producing a large Democratic House wave. The "uphill climb" to earn voters' trust was evident in the results of a CNN poll in which 51% opposed his confirmation, while 52% believed his accusers and think he lied about his past alcohol use.
But Democrats are defending 25 seats, so being back home is more consequential for them. The president's party almost always loses seats in midterm elections, with the average loss of House seats ranging between 20 and 30.
It is also a boon for senators seeking re-election, especially those 10 Democrats running in states won by Trump in 2016, because they will be free finally to leave DC and focus more fully for the next month on their campaigns.
"When they go low, we kick them", former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. says after a clip of a pro-life protester is kicked in the face by an abortion activist.
Clearing the judicial nominees provided a signature walk-off for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has focused on reshaping the judiciary with more conservative jurists. Twenty-three of the 35 seats up for reelection are now held by Democrats, and President Trump won in 10 of the states where Democrats are defending their seats.
They're accusing Democrats of condoning "mob rule" - a phrase that's popped up in GOP rhetoric since raucous demonstrators opposing Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination harangued Republicans at the Capitol last week. That remains the likely outcomes because there are essentially two different elections going on - one, in the Senate, in mostly pro-Trump, conservative, rural states and one, in the House, in upscale, diverse, suburban congressional districts.
If history is any guide, Democrats should make gains in the midterm congressional elections on November 6.
Never again can Republicans allow Democrats to disrupt the Senate's obligation to seriously and honestly consider judicial appointments by the president and to endlessly stall these appointments, and never again can the Democrats insist on special treatment and white-glove handling of "the girl".
"I'd be foolish and dishonest if I didn't say this is a year where we've got more obstacles", he said.