Sen. Susan Collins pretty much sealed the deal for the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court with a speech that pretty much condemned the politicization of the entire process. I pretty much agreed with what she said.
That gave the nomination 50 votes at that point, enough to confirm, and then Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Red State Democrat, put the nomination over the top completely by stabbing his fellow Democrats in the back. He spoke to reporters about his decision to vote for confirmation, but was shouted down the whole time by protesters yelling “shame!” I heard it on the satellite radio today and you could not hear what Manchin had to say because these protesters were so loud.
It would not surprise me one bit if Manchin ends up quitting the Democrats eventually; the rest of the Democrats don’t seem to be in touch with West Virginia one bit.
So Kavanaugh’s nomination will win, even without Alaska’s Republican Senator Lisa Merkowski who is likely voting against him. This all means Sen. Steve Daines of Montana won’t even need to be in Washington for the vote. He can stay in Montana for his daughter’s wedding tomorrow and focus on life’s real priorities.
What a total fiasco this whole process has been. I am personally very happy that it will all be over when they finally do the vote tomorrow.