Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation leaves everyone bruised

07 October, 2018, 06:31 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • Senate Confirms Brett Kavanaugh As Supreme Court Justice

The Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon, likely cementing a conservative majority on the court for a generation and bringing to an end months of bitter partisan feuding marked by shocking allegations of sexual assault and vehement and angry denials from the nominee. The same sense of dread spread in the Senate, as lawmakers texted each other about their concerns. "Honestly, I think had the hearing stopped right".

Collins - a moderate Republican from ME - said Kavanaugh was entitled to the "presumption of innocence" as the allegations against him were not substantiated with corroborating evidence.

"I found Dr. Ford's testimony to be heart-wrenching, painful, compelling, and I believe that she believes what she testified to", Collins said.

The near party-line Senate vote was 50-48, capping a fight that seized the national conversation after claims emerged that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women three decades ago - which he emphatically denied. At one point in the hearing, Kavanaugh blamed a Clinton-revenge conspiracy for the accusations against him. Her mother, the late Lois Dickson Rice, who went to Portland High School, received an honorary degree from the Brunswick college in 1984. While the Republican Party is of course free to stake out whatever political stance it chooses, its shameful performance during the entire Kavanaugh saga was like waving a giant red flag warning women not beholden to the GOP to support it.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., heads to the Senate floor for the confirmation vote of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, on Capitol Hill, Oct. 6, 2018.

Trump supporters, who waited for hours to enter the Kansas Expocentre for the president's campaign rally just weeks before the midterm elections, broke into cheers when the vote was called in Washington, D.C., chanting "Kavanaugh!" over the opera music of Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli playing on the arena sound system.

"I've known Brett Kavanaugh for 18 years, professionally and personally".

Democrats were already fired up before the Kavanaugh confirmation process - "They're already jacked up to 10, it's personal for them", GOP strategist Ford O'Connell said.

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Fellow amusing woman Ellen DeGeneres expressed the same sentiments, focusing on Christine Blasey Ford's bravery for coming forward with her story of being sexually assaulted in high school by a man she believed to be Kavanaugh.

Democratic senators, who had battled hard to block the 53-year-old judge, insisted the caustic battle over Kavanaugh would galvanize Democrats at the polls.

While many senators said they were satisfied with the FBI probe, her lawyers called the investigation insufficient.

"An FBI investigation that did not include interviews of Dr Ford and Judge Kavanaugh is not a meaningful investigation in any sense of the word", they said in a statement quoted in U.S. media.

"I did not do any kind of political calculation in making my decision. The democrats have become too extreme and too risky to govern", Trump said. Murkowski then would announce how Daines would have voted and that she voted the opposite way "and that they therefore withdraw their vote and are instead recorded as present", Stewart said.

Murkowski ultimately withdrew herself from the final tally as a gesture of goodwill toward her Republican colleague, Sen.

The two-vote margin of victory made it the closest Supreme Court confirmation vote since 1881 - and by far the most contentious since Clarence Thomas in 1991.

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