Get In Line: Eight GOP Senators Undecided On Kavanaugh Nomination

Posted: Sep 25, 2018 5:20 PM
Get In Line: Eight GOP Senators Undecided On Kavanaugh Nomination

Folks, this is what I’m taking about when it comes to not having our act together and not treating this for what it is. We’re not in a wartime mindset on the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination. We should be. The Democrats are hurling baseless unsubstantiated gossip at Kavanaugh in order to build pressure on the GOP, whip up their base ahead of the midterms, and hopefully run out the clock on the nomination. It’s been quite the show these past few days. Democrats petty much saying that his legal views might make him guilty of the sexual misconduct accusations, or that due process is not afforded to him because he’s a conservative. They really want to kill this nomination, and unprovable, evidence-free allegations that are designed to delay the proceedings are what Democrats want—big league. Two women, Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, have lobbed serious allegations of sexual misconduct, including an attempted rape, at Kavanaugh. Ford’s allegation dates back to when Kavanaugh was in high school, Ramirez centers on his days at Yale. Both allegations have no corroborative witnesses, no evidence, and the people cited in their accounts have refuted their accounts. For Ramirez’s claim, some aren’t sure Kavanaugh was even at the party in question. 

Sadly, it’s out there. Truth doesn’t matter; keeping the Court from tilting to the right is what’s at stake. Democrats desperately want to keep aborting babies a favorite liberal pastime. Republicans want to have a solid majority on the Court for the next generation. The stakes are high. Both sides should have their battle lines drawn, but as usual, the GOP is weak on the flanks. Eight senators are on the fence (via Fox News):

When it comes to the nomination of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, remember one thing:

The math is the math is the math.

Nothing else matters.

Either the math works in favor of Kavanaugh or it doesn’t.

The Senate is divided between 51 Republicans and 49 senators who caucus with Democrats.

Forty-three Republicans have pledged their support to Kavanaugh. Eight GOPers remain undecided. They are Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine; Bob Corker, R-Tenn.; Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.; Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; James Lankford, R-Okla.; Jerry Moran, R-Kan.; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; and Ben Sasse, R-Neb.

There are at least four Republican senators who are genuinely in play right now. Fox is told the number could be as high as seven Republicans. The four obvious ones on the fence are Collins, Corker, Flake and Murkowski.

So, Kavanaugh’s fate is far from clear.

“In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court,” said McConnell in a speech at the Values Voters Summit on Friday. “So my friends, keep the faith.”

It’s really four senators—Collins, Flake, Corker, and Murkowski—but would McConnell make such a bold claim if he wasn’t sure things weren’t locked down in his backyard? At the same time, I wouldn't be shocked if things were not tied up in the vote count on the GOP side. The two who are most likely to screw the GOP over are Flake and Corker. Also, they’re both leaving next session. Flake had threatened to block lower court appointments over the Trump White House’s position on tariffs. This isn’t about honoring the traditions of the process right now. The victory we would clinch in this SCOTUS fight is too good to pass up. Senate majority be damned for now, we can always win back Congress. Democrats will overreach, Trump will have the perfect punching bag for his 2020 re-elect, and the far left lunacy that will be peddled out won’t catch on with voters. In the meantime, a solid conservative majority will be on the Court. It’s time to fix bayonets, GOP. And Mitch, get your people in line.