After a 45 minute meandering speech Senator Collins (R-Me) announced that she will support the Kavanaugh job application for the IS Supreme Court.
Here announcement was quickly followed by SenatorJoe Manchin (D-WV) sidning his vote for Kavanaugh also….
With those two votes Republicans have a narrow 51-49 approval for Donald Trump’s choice for the nations highest court..
Kavanaugh is replacing Judge Kennedy a middle of the road justice…
expectations are that court will begin to rule in favor of conservative points of view although sometimes justices do surprising things once on the bench…
In the end?
it seems that the politics of the judge won out over his possible actions back in the day…
This is something Trump will point to as keeping campaign promises to turn the counties courts to the right….
Democrats will use this action to try to remind people that EVERY vote counts in getting lawmakers elected that affect America’s future…
Brett Kavanaugh’s place on the Supreme Court is almost fully secured, with 51 senators publicly supporting him on Friday after three weeks of scandal and political theater.
The four remaining undecided votes on President Donald Trump’s nominee clicked into place Friday afternoon after Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced she would support him in a lengthy speech that immediately drew howls from anguished protesters. Collins was the 50th and deciding vote, while Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) followed her minutes later.
“I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court,” Collins said of accusations against the 53-year-old appeals court judge. “I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) opposed Kavanaugh on Friday morning’s procedural vote, a move she said she personally wrestled with as the judge mired in multiple sexual misconduct allegations. The Alaskan called Kavanaugh “a good man” but said the issues shrouding his confirmation were “bigger than a nominee.”
But Murkowski’s stance didn’t stop Kavanaugh from winning the support of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who indicated after an earlier procedural vote that he would remain a yes “unless something big changed.” And at the conclusion of Collins’ lengthy speech — where she took aim at the judge’s critics — Manchin’s announcement turned Kavanaugh’s often-dramatic confirmation fight into something of an anticlimax.
Collins move drew praise from GOP leadership. “I’m proud of Sen. Collins to resist the intimidation,” said Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.).
The Friday morning 51-49 procedural vote to advance Kavanaugh to a final vote fell mostly along party lines, with Murkowski voting “no” and Manchin voting “yes.” The final vote is expected to occur on Saturday afternoon….