Who is Supreme Court contender Brett Kavanaugh?

President Trump teased his "exceptional" choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy over the weekend; confirming his plans to announce his nominee at 9:00pm Monday evening from the White House.

WASHINGTON ― The fate of President Donald Trump's upcoming Supreme Court nominee once again rests with vulnerable Senate Democrats up for re-election this fall.

The fate ofthe President's nominee in the confirmation vote later this year, however, depends on whether Mr. Trump has all, or merely most, of his fellow Republicans in his corner, and whether some Democrats, wary of their own survival in the November midterm elections, defect and support the Trump nominee.

Another Democrat, Senator Richard Blumenthal, on Sunday assailed Trump's reliance on a list of potential nominees endorsed by the conservative Federalist Society.

President Donald Trump's top contenders for the vacancy appear to be federal appeals judges Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman, Brett Kavanaugh and Raymond Kethledge.

In this Wednesday, March 8, 2017 photo, Judge Thomas Hardiman smiles during a meeting with The Associated Press in Philadelphia.

"The president has to think about who is the easiest to get confirmed here", Blunt said.

Democratic candidates running this fall and in 2020 need to remind voters about the importance of the Supreme Court-in particular the protection of women's reproductive rights, equal voting rights, civil rights, consumer rights, the rights of workers and union members, and more.

"Former Sen. Jon Kyl has agreed to serve as the Sherpa for the President's nominee to the Supreme Court", White House spokesman Raj Shah said Monday afternoon. "We're just four months before an election, and the conversation is about rushing this through".

They're all younger than 55 and conservative enough to make a first cut.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said the president "outsourced" his decision to the conservative Federalist Society and Heritage Foundation, which first helped Trump compile a list of 25 prospective Supreme Court justices during the 2016 campaign.

Casey supported Hardiman's appointment to the Third Circuit in 2007, saying he was well qualified to serve on that court.

Education: He attended Yale University both as an undergraduate and law student.

The real players are folks like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose late-hour political jockeying upended the notion that the high court spot was D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh's to lose.

But his supporters cite his experience and wide range of legal opinions. Kethledge, 51, is a judge for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

And on Friday, in his weekly address, Trump made clear he was looking for a justice who adopts an "originalist" interpretation of the constitution.

The Democrats' dilemma is all the more profound because of the party's own decisions in the Barack Obama years, when, as the majority in the Senate, they began to change the arcane rules governing the chamber's proceedings.