Sen. Susan Collins gave Brett Kavanaugh unstinting praise in a Senate floor speech before announcing she’d vote for his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. That likely locks up his confirmation with Sen. Joe Manchin’s announcement he’s voting for Kavanaugh, too.
The Senate voted 51-49 to move the issue to a final vote. Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted no and later gave a strong indication she’d be a “no” on confirmation. That left Collins and Manchin among the 51 votes needed
With Collins support, Kavanaugh’s vote appears to be at 50, with Manchin expected to announce his decision this afternoon in advance of Saturday’s planned vote. Should Manchin vote no (not likely now, I’d guess), and the vote end up 50-50, Mike Pence would cast the tie-breaking vote for Kavanaugh. UPDATE: Machine announced he’s on board with Kavanaugh, too.
In short, it looks like you can call him Justice Kavanaugh, though what type of justice he’ll deliver remains to be seen. He suggested in his intemperate remarks last week that he’d be inclined to get even with his enemies.
Collins delivered many lines that she may yet have cause to reconsider about Kavanaugh — on executive power, gay rights, abortion rights and much more. She insisted he was more of a centrist than critics claim.
The recent allegations of sexual assault and his eruption last week?
On temperament, she said pre-hearing evaluations praised his temperament.
On the sexual allegations, she said the nominee was
She expressed some sympathy for Ford, but branded the allegation that Kavanaugh had been part of gang sex as “outlandish.” This allegation, of course, was never investigated.
She said Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony had been “sincere, painful and compelling.” But she added, “I believe she’s a survivor of sexual assaul.t and this trauma has upended her life. Nevertheless, the four witnesses she named could not corroborate any of the events ….”
Collins also attacked Ford’s credibility with the fact that no one had come forward to support her testimony and with the lack of an explanation for how she got home the night of the alleged assault.
“I do not believe these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court,” Collins said.
She did say
Collins hypocrisy was showing. She
She also attacked the leak of the Ford complaint.