by Sharon Rondeau

(Oct. 5, 2018) — After a much-anticipated vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate Friday morning to invoke cloture on the debate over the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, a final confirmation vote is scheduled for Saturday evening.

Kavanaugh received 51 Republican “yeas” and 48 “nays” on Friday, while Saturday’s vote is expected to be 50-48-1 in his favor.  Prior to the vote on Friday morning, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) reportedly called the White House to say that he would be voting “yea” on cloture as well as on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Manchin, who is running for reelection next month from a state where President Trump is popular, is the only Democrat who voted in favor of Kavanaugh’s nomination.

On Saturday Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski’s vote will be recorded as “present,” and that of Montana Republican Steve Daines, who has plans to attend his daughter’s wedding, will be recorded as “absent” in what is termed a “pairing” of their votes.

At the point when Kavanaugh’s confirmation was nearly assured in mid-September following four days of grueling confirmation hearings, he was accused by one, then two more, women of sexual assault and misconduct, which he vehemently denied.  Testimony by the first accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, on September 27 to the Senate Judiciary Committee was unsuccessful in convincing Republicans that if the alleged incident in fact occurred, Kavanaugh was the perpetrator.

Kavanaugh has served for the last 12 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, having been confirmed in 2006 after a 2003 nomination by George W. Bush.  Some of those who voted affirmatively then are voting “no” on Saturday.

The final vote will take place at approximately 5:00 p.m., Fox News reported Friday.



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  1. All will likely agree, we are in a Civility War 2018. Will civil war and bloodshed be next?

    Will the someone-think-for-me “concrete brains” pull off a horror show in DC et al before their designated national holiday, Halloween: https://www.teaparty.org/rape-apologist-liberals-melt-susan-collins-blockbuster-speech-kavanaugh-327300/

    “Concrete brains, hardening in forms of willful ignorance, have one utility: diss the messenger, dismiss the message.”

    I was raised on a potato farm in Houlton, Maine, not far from Susan Collin’s home in Caribou, Maine. For the time being, at least, Susan Collins took a national stand for procedure-over-politics, risking her life and livelihood, quite a bit like another selfless Mainer, Joshua Chamberlain, who turned the tide of the Civil War at Little Round Top in Gettysburg, PA in 1863.

    Her epic speech yesterday was very moving, very thoughtful; harvesting many tears across America, I surmise.

    Will history show that the hardy convictions of Maine Senator Susan Collins (with her speech as compelling as King’s “I Have A Dream” speech on 08-28-63), led the way to a decades-long majority originalist Constitutional Supreme Court membership that went on to overturn the illegal nomination of presIDential candIDate Soetoro-Obama II on 08-28-08?
    Concrete Brain Pelosi = https://canadafreepress.com/2009/williams091209.htm

    TAKE NOTE: https://www.teaparty.org/rush-limbaugh-democrats-freaking-far-left-agenda-forced-america-courts-audio-327280/