If all goes as planned, Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court by Saturday night. Now that Collins, Manchin and Flake are voting yes, the GOP has enough votes to finalize the confirmation, capping off a crazy process which has lasted for weeks.
FOX News reports:
Senate votes to advance Kavanaugh nomination, setting up final vote for Saturday
The Senate voted Friday to end debate on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, setting the stage for a final vote in the chamber Saturday evening — where the White House now believes it has the votes to confirm Kavanaugh.
The vote to invoke cloture was 51-49. While the vote was not necessarily indicative of the final confirmation vote, it moved him one step closer to sitting on the highest court in the land, with three out of four key undecided senators voting “yes” to advance the nomination.
Republican Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, voted to move forward. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted “no.” With a 51-49 majority, Republicans can’t afford more than one defection if all Democrats were to vote together. Collins is expected to announce her decision in a speech on the Senate floor at 3 p.m. Friday. Flake later said he intends to vote “yes,” “unless something big changes.”
The math for Republicans became somewhat trickier late Thursday when Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said he would be attending his daughter’s wedding in Montana on Saturday. He said he would return to cast the decisive vote if needed.
It’s outstanding that Republicans didn’t cave to the mob on this. They have energized their base in the process and that should work in their favor in the midterms.