The Townhall live update page for day two of the Kavanaugh debate and vote is starting up HERE.
Murkowski formalizes nay vote on Kavanaugh. Says “in her conscience” he’s not “right” for the Court. Murkowski: “This has been agonizing for me..probably as close a call as I can ever remember..but I am worried, this becomes the new normal”— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 6, 2018
Murkowski: “It is not something that we say we’ll get to tomorrow. We’ve heard those voices. And I hope that we have all learned something. That we owe it to the victims of sexual assault to do more. And to do better.”— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) October 6, 2018
.@Lisamurkowski says as other branches of govt lose public confidence it is critical to at least have public confidence in the courts, says it's her hope Judge Kavanaugh will be a neutral arbiter but that she couldn't conclude he is the right person for the Court at this time— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) October 6, 2018
“As closea call as I have ever made...I am really worried this becomes the new normal.” Astonishing. @lisamurkowski is rewarding exactly what she condemned, guaranteeing it will be repeated. How can she not see that? That which gets rewarded gets repeated, and she rewarded it.— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) October 6, 2018
Murkowski says Kavanaugh is a good man and a learned judge, but cannot vote for him in good conscience for some reason ... not the right person for the Court at this time. She concedes that he will be confirmed, but is worried that the process is forever politicized to the detriment of good government.
Today was a great day—stressful—yes, but great. Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) who looked very much like a “no” vote decided to not be bullied by the progressive left and vote in favor of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court. This clinches the ball game. Flake and Manchin are also yea votes. While Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) will be away from D.C. for his daughter’s wedding, he can always hop on a plane to fly back if needed. If this count holds, Kavanaugh can get across the finished line with 50 votes. It’s over. We won, the Democrats lost, and it’s a great day for America.
Also, while Trump’s 2016 win was great, this one is special. Collins vote gives conservatives the biggest win for a generation. We have a solid majority on SCOTUS. Sen. Klobuchar and others will continue to deliver speeches within the 30-hour period before the final vote tomorrow. We’ll be back with more updated in a bit. For now, go have a drink, grab some dinner, and celebrate the massive meltdown liberals are experiencing right now. Debating whether to send Michael Avenatti a gift basket for pushing the Left to overreach on this blitz against Kavanaugh.
See you in a bit!
2018 is the year that an angry Republican base finally got the victory it wanted from fire-breathers like ...[checks notes]Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Grassley, and Susan Collins.— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) October 5, 2018
We're just as shocked...