Well, that is some very good news!
Courtesy of ADN:
A deeply divided Senate pushed Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination past a key procedural hurdle Friday, setting up a likely final showdown this weekend in a spellbinding battle that’s seen claims of long-ago sexual assault by the nominee threaten President Donald Trump’s effort to tip the court rightward for decades.
The Senate voted 51-49 to limit debate, effectively defeating Democratic efforts to scuttle the nomination with endless delays and nearing the climax of a fight that has captivated the country since summer. With Republicans controlling the chamber 51-49, one Republican voted to stop the nomination, one Democrat to send it further.
Murkowski sat solemnly during the roll call and whispered “No” when it was her turn to vote. As the tally neared an end, she spoke with Collins, a friend. Both were surrounded by colleagues from both parties after the vote.
So with this passing, the final confirmation vote will go to the Senate floor.
I personally think it would be political suicide for Murkowski to vote no here and yes for the final vote, but knowing her it could also be likely that the Republicans have worked out a way to get those votes without her, which I think means that they are counting on a red state Democrat or two to fill the gap.
However, even if they are successful today that does not mean this whole thing is over.
Courtesy of The Intercept:
Dozens of members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus sent a letter Thursday to President Donald Trump committing to leverage subpoena power in an effort to investigate the full record of Kavanaugh’s time in the White House for evidence of perjury. House Democrats will have subpoena power if they retake the lower chamber in the midterm elections, and Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who will likely chair the House Judiciary Committee should that happen, has already promised to investigate any credible allegations of perjury if Kavanaugh is confirmed. Nadler did not sign the letter.
The CPC members raised not only Kavanaugh’s involvement in the Bush administration’s widespread, secret, and illegal surveillance of Americans following the events of September 11 2001, but also testimony he made before the Senate during his time in the Bush White House that has since been called into question.
So even if Kavanagh gets confirmed his troubles are far from finished.
But that is if he gets confirmed and right now there are mostly women protesting all over Capitol Hill to see that it does not happen.
Two of the more famous protesters arrested yesterday were Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski.
Courtesy of CNN:
Comedian Amy Schumer and model-actress Emily Ratajkowski were among more than 300 people arrested Thursday in protests over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Hundreds of people turned up at a US Senate building in the nation’s capital to challenge Kavanaugh’s nomination after three women accused him of various forms of sexual misconduct. Schumer and Ratajkowski were among them.
Capitol Police said they arrested 302 people during the demonstrations. Video from the scene shows the two actresses being detained after an officer asks if they want to be arrested.
Here is @amyschumer telling cops she *wants* to be arrested.
Cop asks “Do you want to be arrested?”
Save this for the “I can’t believe I was arrested for free speech!” Tweet from her soon. pic.twitter.com/TLGaDAyh1T
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 4, 2018
There are of course even more protests planned for this weekend, so I am sure we will see more high profile arrests and huge crowds protesting the Kavanaugh confirmation.
One of the more unexpected voices to come out against Brett Kavanaugh was retired Supreme Court Justice, John Paul Stevens.
Retired #SCOTUS Justice John Paul Stevens on Judge #Kavanaugh: “I’ve changed my views for reasons that have no really relationship to his intellectual ability or his record as a federal judge…I think that his performance during the hearings caused me to change my mind.” pic.twitter.com/RyM6ZKOevx
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 4, 2018
Yeah, it is HIGHLY unusual for a retired Justice to speak out about a current nominee.
And now it is up to Murkowski, Collins, and Flake to decide if they want this as part of their legacy.