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Mitch: Kavanaugh Vote ‘This Week’

Posted on | October 1, 2018 | 1 Comment

The clock is officially ticking:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the Senate will hold a vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination this week.
“The time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close. Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination is out of committee. We’re considering it here on the floor and … we’ll be voting this week,” McConnell said.
McConnell’s comments, made during a Senate floor speech, comes as the FBI has to wrap up its investigation into multiple sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh by Friday.

OK, and Steve Bannon says it’s an all-or-nothing battle: “There’s no walking this thing back… You get Kavanaugh, you’re going to get turnout. You get turnout, you’re going to get victory. This is march or die.” As I previously reported, White House staff had said from the start Trump won’t back down, and if Senate Republicans can’t confirm Kavanaugh, there’s no saving the GOP in the midterms:

“[Kavanaugh is] too big to fail now,” said a senior source involved in the confirmation process. “Our base, our voters, our side, people are so mad,” the source continued. “There’s nowhere to go. We’re gonna make them f—ing vote.[Joe] Manchin in West Virginia, in those red states. Joe Donnelly? He said he’s a no? Fine, we’ll see how that goes. There will be a vote on him [Kavanaugh]. … It will be a slugfest of a week.”
“There’s no time before the [midterm] election to put up a new person,” a White House official close to the process told me.

(Via Allahpundit at Hot Air.)

Democrats spent two weeks begging for an FBI investigation of the sex accusation against Kavanaugh but, as soon as they flipped Jeff Flake on Friday and got what they’d been asking for, Democrats instantly began saying this wasn’t enough:

In the last 48 hours, immediately after Senate Republicans and President Trump agreed to Democratic demands that the FBI investigate the 1982 incident, the Kavanaugh goalposts have moved dramatically. Now, a key issue is Kavanaugh’s teenage drinking, and whether he testified truthfully to Congress about the amount of beer he consumed in high school and college more than three decades ago, and the effect it had on him. . . .

They’re moving the goal posts so far and so fast that they’re a distant blur, no longer visible with the naked eye.

To repeat: Never negotiate with sociopaths.



 

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