The pros and cons expressed by Republicans might be best summed up like this:
Barrett is seen by many as the best pick for more conservative activists in the party, but there is fear that she would also draw the loudest opposition from Democrats. Also, she has the least amount of court experience.
Kavanaugh is rated as a solid choice, but some wonder if he is just like Chief Justice John Roberts - in other words, conservative, but not the extra dose of conservatism that many relish in the next Justice.
Meanwhile, Kethledge is being treated like the race horse that's getting the 'smart' money just before post time - as Republicans see someone with a solid conservative record who is not as likely to have an extraordinarily controversial confirmation hearing.
Also in the mix is Thomas Hardiman, a federal appeals court judge from Pennsylvania, who was nearly chosen by Mr. Trump last year. All four get high marks from conservative legal experts, though the ratings varied across Washington.
While Republicans waited for the President's pick, Democrats were also wondering who the choice would be, knowing they start out this confirmation battle without enough votes to block Mr. Trump's nominee.
"The stakes for winning back a Democratic Senate majority have never been higher," said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).