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Here Are 5 Senators to Keep a Close Eye on When Brett Kavanaugh Comes Up for a Vote

September 11, 2018 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Kavanaugh has the potential to swing the balance of the Supreme Court.

After three days of aggressive questioning from Kamala Harris, Cory Booker and other Senate Democrats, Judge Brett Kavanaugh might come up for a vote in the U.S. Senate as soon as this Thursday, September 13—and votes to either confirm or reject Kavanaugh’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court will no doubt come down along largely partisan lines. Most or all Republicans in the Senate will vote to confirm him; most or all Democrats will reject him.

And Kavanaugh, given the slight majority Republicans presently hold in the Senate, will most likely be confirmed. However, Kavanaugh’s opponents are still hoping that a handful of swing votes—namely, Maine’s Susan Collins and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski on the Republican side, along with some Blue Dog Democrats—will sink the nomination just as the American Health Care Act (one of the GOP bills for overturning the Affordable Care Act) was sunk in 2017.

Here are five U.S. senators who could either make or break Kavanaugh’s nomination.

1. Susan Collins

Susan Collins is one of the senators who far-right wingnuts and Tea Party extremists like to call a RINO: Republican In Name Only. Although the Maine Senator has a very conservative voting record, she occasionally breaks ranks with her party—for example, Collins voted again impeaching Bill Clinton during his Senate trial in early 1999 and helped sink the American Health Care Act last year. But Collins voted to confirm Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee. And in Maine, two groups opposed to Kavanaugh’s confirmation (the Maine People’s Alliance and Mainers for Accountable Leadership) have teamed up with Ady Barkan to warn Collins that if she votes for Kavanaugh, they will crowdfund her Democratic opponent (whoever that might turn out to be) when she seeks reelection in 2020. And they mean business: so far, they have raised more than $1 million, all of it earmarked for Collins’ future opponent should she vote for Kavanaugh.

2. Lisa Murkowski

Like Collins, Murkowski voted against the American Health Care Act but voted to confirm Gorsuch—and like Collins, Murkowski is …read more


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