Democrats orchestrated a devastating smear campaign against Judge Kavanaugh.
While the supplemental FBI background check found nothing new, Kavanaugh’s confirmation is now far from certain.
And it all may come down to just one GOP Senator.
The first vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation was a nail biter.
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) shocked many Republicans when she voted with Democrats to block Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.
And Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted yes, allowing Kavanaugh’s confirmation to move forward by a slim 51-49 margin.
But while Senator Susan Collins voted to allow Kavanaugh’s confirmation to move forward, she’s planning to announce her position on Kavanaugh in a floor speech Friday afternoon.
If she decides to vote “No” in the final vote, Collins could very well sink Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
The Hill reports:
It wouldn’t be the first time Collins has supported a nomination during a procedural hurdle and then later voted against the nominee.
In a dramatic moment last year, Collins announced from the Senate floor that she would vote for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos during an initial procedural hurdle but said she could not support her on a final confirmation vote.
With Senator Murkowski voting with Democrats to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation, we can presume she’ll vote “No” on a final confirmation vote.
That means Kavanaugh can only afford to lose one more vote and be confirmed with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote.
A “No” vote from Collins could provide political cover for Senator Manchin to oppose Kavanaugh as well.
Not to mention wildcard Senator Jeff Flake, a NeverTrumper, who’s retiring from the U.S. Senate at the end of this term.
Collins could go for a “John McCain moment” — channeling the late senator when he gave a dramatic “thumbs down” that stopped ObamaCare repeal.
If Republicans fail to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, it could be devastating in the upcoming mid-term elections.
Should Judge Kavanaugh be confirmed?
UPDATE AT 4:01 P.M. – Senator Collins announced in her speech that she intends to vote “Yes” for Kavanaugh to be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Stay tuned Saturday evening at 5 P.M. for what transpires during the vote.
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