Well, that is fairly graphic.
Courtesy of the AP:
The end of contentious confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has shifted the focus back to potential swing votes like Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.
If Collins votes yes, then he is likely confirmed. She and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska probably would have to both vote “no” for Kavanaugh to be blocked.
In keeping with her deliberative approach, Collins has kept mum about how she’ll vote. Still, she’s sent signals that Kavanaugh cleared a hurdle by telling her that Roe v. Wade establishing abortion rights is settled law. A spokeswoman for Collins said Saturday that a recently released email from Kavanaugh — in which he disputed that all legal scholars see Roe as settled — didn’t contradict what he told the senator because he wasn’t expressing his personal views.
The Democrats in Washington are really pulling out all of the stops to block this confirmation, and the people are standing idly by either.
People from across the country have mailed about 3,000 coat hangers to her office, symbolizing back-alley abortions that took place before they became legal.
And activists have pledged to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund an opponent to Collins if she votes in favor of the president’s nomination. She is up for re-election in 2020.
I really do think that if Collins votes to confirm Kavanaugh that her Senate career is likely over, and I feel much the same way about Lisa Murkowski up here in Alaska. (The native community is very much against his confirmation.)
However, having said that I am still not terribly hopeful that he will not end up on the Supreme Court.
This is just too big of an opportunity for the Republicans to let it slip through their fingers.
I really hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it.