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Here's How Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court Nomination Could Fall Apart

September 25, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

Several key senators appear to be on the edge.


With a 51-49 GOP majority in the Senate and Vice President Mike Pence acting as the tie-breaking vote, it would only take two Republican senators voting “no” to completely scuttle Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.

Looming over the process is the upcoming testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who is prepared to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations that Kavanaugh forced himself on her, pinned her down on a bed, groped her, and tried to take off her clothes at a party while they were both in high school. Other allegations, including those of Deborah Ramirez, also threaten to curtail the nomination.

There are signs that these allegations are weighing on key senators — and if two of them express explicit opposition to Kavanaugh's appointment, that would likely kill his nomination for good.

On Tuesday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) spoke to the New York Times and made it clear that she is taking Ford's allegations seriously.

“We are now in a place where it’s not about whether or not Judge Kavanaugh is qualified,” she said. “It is about whether or not a woman who has been a victim at some point in her life is to be believed.”

She added: “We have to listen to what she will say on the record, under oath, and what Judge Kavanaugh will say on the record, under oath.”

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has also said she is still making up her mind and that the Thursday hearing will be “important.” Both Murkowski and Collins are seen as swing votes given that they care about protecting abortion rights, which Kavanaugh is believed to oppose. Collins has consistently sounded as though she is looking for a reason to support Kavanaugh despite her support for women's reproductive freedoms. It's not clear if Ford's testimony will weigh more heavily given these additional concerns or if she will convince herself that she can vote for Kavanaugh despite the allegations.

If Collins and Murkowski abandon Kavanaugh, he's likely finished as a Supreme Court nominee. The only way he could still …read more

Source: ALTERNET

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