The Democrats hail mary to stop Judge Kavanaugh rests on the shoulders of a few Senators.
Bob Corker, Kisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, and Jeff Flake. Corker already came out to say he would vote yes.
So the whole nation literally watched the three GOP Senators still on the fence. They have given every indication they will vote as a block for political cover – whether for or against and if that rumor is true Kavanaugh will easily get confirmed.
Because Jeff Flake is a yes.
The senator’s full statement reads:
After hearing more than 30 hours of testimony from Judge Kavanaugh earlier this month, I was prepared to support his nomination based on his view of the law and his record as a judge. In fact, I commented at the time that had he been nominated in another era, he would have likely received 90+ votes.
When Dr. Ford’s allegations against Judge Kavanaugh surfaced two weeks ago, I insisted that she be allowed to testify before the committee moved to a vote. Yesterday, we heard compelling testimony from Dr. Ford, as well as a persuasive response from Judge Kavanaugh. I wish that I could express the confidence that some of my colleagues have conveyed about what either did or did not happen in the early 1980s, but I left the hearing yesterday with as much doubt as certainty.
What I do know is that our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence. That is what binds us to the rule of law. While some may argue that a different standard should apply regarding the Senate’s advice and consent responsibilities, I believe that the constitution’s provisions of fairness and due process apply here as well.
I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.