McConnell: ‘Mob’ Protesting Kavanaugh Was a ‘Great Political Gift’ to Republicans

Aaron Brown
October 7, 2018

Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, and Collins, a Republican from ME, said they believed Ford when she said she had been sexually assaulted but that they didn't think there was corroboration to prove it was Kavanaugh. Murkowski then indicated she will not vote for Kavanaugh in the final vote, which could take place Saturday.

Still, Maine Republican Sen.

A final vote on Mr Kavanaugh's nomination could occur over the weekend.

Despite the uproarious screams of 'shame!' resonating in the gallery Saturday afternoon, Kavanaugh has been confirmed and will sit on the Supreme Court of the United States. If the vote fails, it would deal a major blow to the nomination and throw the possibility of confirmation into serious doubt. Joe Manchin, who is facing a strong challenge in the November midterms, has said he will vote to confirm Kavanaugh.

On Friday evening, Sen. But in the hours leading up to the vote, the outcome was uncertain. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), voted for him.

In fact, the first of the accuser Christine Blasey Ford, a professor in California, and Kavanaugh made dramatic appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee to present their case. Dr. Ford claims that Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her in 1982, when they were both in high school. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation and other accusations of sexual misconduct.

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And a third women, Julie Swetnick, has said she was raped at a party that Kavanaugh attended with his boyhood friend Mark Judge. Democrats have raised concerns that the investigation has been too narrow in scope, and that key witnesses have been omitted.

We have to give a deserved shout-out, though, to Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. "I believe that she is a survivor of a sexual assault and that this trauma has upended her life". Steve Daines, R-Mont., who will not be able to attend the vote because he will be at his daughter's wedding.

Adding another potential issue into the timing, the Senate was previously scheduled to be out on Monday for Columbus Day.

Democrats don't seem to have the votes to keep Brett Kavanaugh from joining the Supreme Court, but that's not stopping them from taking to the Senate floor in a parade of speeches into the early morning against the conservative jurist.

After a bitter partisan fight that gripped the country, lawmakers backed Kavanaugh by 51 to 49 in a procedural vote that moved the Republican-controlled Senate toward a definitive decision on whether to confirm him. "It's time", a GOP official told CNN prior to the vote. Well, given that a vote for cloture ≠ a vote for confirmation, we should all be wary of drawing too many conclusions.

At the confirmation, Carrie Severino, president of the Judicial Crisis Network, declared, "Judge Kavanaugh has been tested by fire and proved himself to be everything and more than we had expected". If they don't, it will be delayed. Some disrupted the vote in the Senate chambers. It generated daily headlines rivalled only by the USA quadrennial presidential elections. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) withheld the allegations against Kavanaugh for eight weeks until after the confirmation hearings were completed.

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