GOP poised to elevate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court

Marsha Scott
October 7, 2018

Even during the final vote to confirm Kavanaugh on Saturday, protesters shouted from the Senate gallery and urged Senators to vote against the nominee.

The bitterly polarized US Senate narrowly confirmed Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday to join the Supreme Court, delivering an election-season triumph to President Donald Trump that could swing the court rightward for a generation, after a battle that rubbed raw the country's cultural, gender, and political divides.

Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the constitutional oath and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who Kavanaugh is replacing, will administer the judicial oath in a private ceremony. The nine-member court is now operating with only eight justices. Kavanaugh has been accused by three women of sexual misconduct while he was a student at Yale and Georgetown Preparatory, an elite Jesuit high school. Kavanaugh vehemently denied all those claims.

Getty Joe Manchin voted to advance the Kavanaugh nomination to a full vote and limit debate.

Repeatedly during the Senate debate, Republicans accused Democrats of staging a "smear" campaign against Kavanaugh to prevent a conservative becoming a Supreme Court justice.

Kavanaugh's two-vote victory in itself underscored how unusually divisive his nomination fight has been.

At this point, it's hard to see how Democrats have enough support to tank Kavanaugh's confirmation.

In the pivotal moment Friday, Collins, perhaps the chamber's most moderate Republican, proclaimed her support for Kavanaugh at the end of a Senate floor speech that lasted almost 45 minutes. She said he was a "fine man" but was not the right person "for the court at this time".

Gonzaga law professors Ann Murphy, Jane Korn and Mary Pat Treauthart said they found Kavanaugh's anger and response to senators' questions troubling.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska was the lone Republican to break with her party, saying she was against Kavanaugh's nomination.

Brett Kavanaugh is to become the fifth conservative judge in America's highest court, after being narrowly confirmed by senators in the aftermath of hearings and an FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against him.

A final confirmation vote is expected Saturday afternoon. She also spoke of the constituents who reached out to tell her of their stories of assault.

Democrats don't seem to have the votes to keep Brett Kavanaugh from joining the Supreme Court, but that's not stopping them from taking to the Senate floor in a parade of speeches into the early morning against the conservative jurist.

Republicans, with the exception of Sen.

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"We've been wondering how we can fire up our own people because we know the Democrats are energised going into an off-year election", McConnell said before the vote on Saturday.

"Nothing unifies Republicans like a court fight", McConnell said in an interview ahead of the vote.

In the end, Republicans were able to use their monopoly on political power on Capitol Hill and the White House to muscle through the confirmation, which was almost derailed by Christine Blasey Ford's allegations that the judge assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s.

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