We will know tomorrow whether or not Judge Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Three Republican Senators are a concern, Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Susan Collins is the first Republican Senator to call for an FBI investigation of the charge that Kavanaugh assaulted a teenage girl when he too was a teenager. If two of those three Republican Senators vote against Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court he will not be on the Court. My money’s on Flake and Murkowski to cave first. Others will then follow.
What happens then? Republicans have a majority in both Houses of Congress and the Presidency and yet they can’t get an outstanding judge onto the Supreme Court. That will be one more promise that was not kept. Many of us voted for Donald Trump because of the Supreme Court. The idea of Hillary appointing judges to the court was horrifying. Of course people also voted for Trump and Republicans in the House and the Senate because we thought Planned Parenthood would be defunded. We also believed that there would be a border wall and the Obamacare would be gone. Our wimpy representatives on Capitol Hill couldn’t deliver any of those promises. Tucker Carlson expressed it very well:
If Brett Kavanaugh, who is a mainstream, moderate judge, a man who’s literally married to George W. Bush’s assistant, can’t get confirmed to Supreme Court, then no Republican can.
But it’s worse than that. There’s a mid-term election just weeks from now. If you’re a Republican, you may be wondering why you should bother to vote. You backed Trump two years ago, your brother-in-law from Brooklyn, your neighbor and people at work mocked you for it, but you did it anyway.
You wanted secure borders. You wanted an end to ObamaCare and you wanted non-crazy people on the Supreme Court of the United States.
You didn’t get the first two. You’re starting to realize you probably never will, because Republicans in the Senate don’t care enough to protect you.
Don’t feel too bad: They don’t care enough about Brett Kavanaugh or our Constitution to protect them, either.
Our politicians simply don’t care what the voters want.
Back to the question of what happens to the GOP if Kavanaugh goes down? First, Republicans will not turn out to vote in 40 days. Why should they? None of their expectations have been met on the Hill. Republicans will lose the House and the Senate. The Democrats will then delay the appointment of any Justice until after they take over in January. The vacancy on the court will continue until 2020 when the Democrats believe they are likely to control the House, the Senate, and the White House. Trump will be unable to get anything he promised through the Congress. Our votes for Trump and Republicans in the House and Senate will mean nothing, absolutely nothing.