All eyes in the nation are fixed squarely upon Washington D.C. as the disturbing saga of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court reaches a climax with the lead-up to the Thursday testimony and the confirmation vote that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) scheduled for the very next day.
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While a very, very small minority of Senate Republicans insist that they wish to give Ford a chance to tell her story and to hear all relevant facts before bringing the confirmation up for a vote, their behavior says otherwise.
On Thursday, current appeals court Judge Kavanaugh and his sexual assault accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will take the stand and submit to the questioning of Phoenix Special Victims Unit division chief Rachel Mitchell.
As a second accuser, Deborah Ramirez, demands her own opportunity to tell her story and rumors swirl of more women potentially coming forward, Senate Republicans are growing more and more nervous and are moving quickly to put an end to this debacle and confirm Kavanaugh before the public relations disaster spirals beyond salvageability.
While Grassley claims that the vote is just a “formality,” since Senate rules require a confirmation vote be scheduled days in advance and it’s always possible to postpone the vote again, it’s obvious that they want this over and done with as soon as possible.
lol this is so stupid. what do they think is gonna happen thursday? she's gonna be like "lol i was kidding?" if they were serious about listening to her there'd be no reason to even potentially vote friday. though they also would have done many other things they haven't done https://t.co/PZXrNLYcoh
— libby watson (@libbycwatson) September 26, 2018
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) insists that he has all the votes needed for confirmation, telling reporters earlier today that “I believe he’ll be confirmed, yes…I’m confident we’re going to win; I’m confident that he will be confirmed in the very near future.”
His words are an obvious effort to reinforce the air of inevitability that has permeated the entire confirmation process, given the slim Republican majority in Congress, and thus to discourage voters from continuing to pressure their Senators from voting against the nomination and ushering an accused sexual predator and documented right-wing extremist to the Supreme Court.
But POLITICO upset the Majority Leader’s ploy tonight when they revealed that behind the scenes, Republicans are admitting that they, in fact, do not have the votes they need yet.
Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and Arizona’s Jeff Flake have all refused to commit to a vote on Kavanaugh. They are joined by Kavanaugh’s own former “sherpa,” Jon Kyl, who replaced the late John McCain, who also will not commit to a vote.
Two “no” votes will sink the nomination.
A defeat at the hands of their own party would be an enormous embarrassment for President Trump and the Republican Party, but more importantly, would most likely prevent them from nominating and confirming a less controversial judge before the midterm elections.
A host of pre-approved cookie cutter judicial psychopaths that the Federalist Society has deemed willing to roll back every progressive achievement of the past century is waiting in the wings to take Kavanaugh’s place, which makes it crucial that the Democratic Party reclaims and holds both Houses of Congress this November.
If you live in Maine, Alaska, or Arizona, it is of vital importance that you call your Senators this week and let them know there’s going to be hell to pay if they endorse Kavanaugh.
Call the office of Susan Collins (R-ME) at 202-224-2523
Call the office of Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) at 202-224-6665
Call the office of Jeff Flake (R-AZ) at 202-224-4521
Call the office of Jon Kyl (R-AZ) at 202-224-4521