By Steve Dellar  |  10-04-2018   News
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By now, the members of the US Senate have received an FBI report on their findings as to the allegations of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Mr. Brett Kavanaugh.

Although Republicans and Democrats remain bitterly divided on whether to approve Mr. Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court judge, it is widely expected that a vote will be held this Saturday which Republicans can win based on a 51-49 majority in the Senate. Even if they lose 1 and get a 50-50 vote split right down the middle, the GOP knows that Vice-President Pence will carry the remaining vote needed and give them a 51-50 total.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wow, such enthusiasm and energy for Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Look at the Energy, look at the Polls. Something very big is happening. He is a fine man and great intellect. The country is with him all the way!</p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1047673458241560576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The only problem is, do Republicans get to the votes they need to get their man on the bench? There are three Senators everyone is looking at: Ms. Susan Collins, Ms. Lisa Murkowski and of course, Mr. Jeff Flake.

<b> Senator Susan Collins, Maine</b>

Ms. Collins hasn’t come out publicly to say how she will vote just yet, but her comments on President Trump’s apparent mocking of Ms. Ford’s recollection of facts of the sexual assault was called ‘plain wrong,’ as stated by her yesterday.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Susan Collins: &quot;The president&#39;s comments were just plain wrong.&quot; <a href="https://t.co/tP5ZSXHoGE">https://t.co/tP5ZSXHoGE</a> <a href="https://t.co/dXy802brvV">pic.twitter.com/dXy802brvV</a></p>&mdash; The Hill (@thehill) <a href="https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1047735569952980993?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 4, 2018</a></blockquote>

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As an abortion rights supporter, Ms. Collins has made it clear in the past she would find it difficult to confirm anyone who opposes Roe v. Wade (the landmark 1973 decision legalizing abortion).

"A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me, because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don’t want to see a judge have.”

"What I want to see is a nominee who, regardless of his or her personal views on the very difficult and contentious life issue, is going to respect precedent."

Ms. Collins has in the past dropped the party line on issues like health care.

<b> Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska</b>

Ms. Murkowski has to make even more tricky calculations when it comes to Judge Kavanaugh. Many Alaskan natives oppose Mr. Kavanaugh's confirmation, given his previous rulings on Native American populations.

Furthermore, the Alaska Republican has an independent streak and supports abortion rights. She had hoped for a nominee in the same mold as Kennedy and stated: “My standards for Supreme Court nominees are extremely high."

"It is my longstanding practice to carefully scrutinize the qualifications of judicial nominees and to cast an independent vote when judicial nominations come before the Senate."

<b> Senator Jeff Flake, Arizona</b>

Mr. Jeff Flake is, essentially, the man with no party and no constituency in the Trump era. Although many base Republicans feel he betrayed them by calling the FBI investigation, if it were to exonerate Mr. Kavanaugh completely, he could eventually emerge as a winner.

However, and this is most frustrating for Democrats, his loyalty to the Republican Party and conservative morals in the end always seem to take over the Arizona senator.

His response to President Trump’s comments regarding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford: “There’s no time and no place for remarks like that.”

“I wish he hadn’t have done it. It’s kind of appalling.”

However, as a matter of ideology, Mr. Flake, in the end, wants to put Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court anyway.

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em ie No. 38648 1538660885

autumn in Maine wonderful colors to see,

great place to tour. wish the three of them a completely evolutionary experience.,,

tab No. 38654 1538661822

liberal filth are HOPING that they can drag-out the nomination process past the November mid-terms to give them more leverage to oppose a conservative nominee but this will backfire on them just like their tactics to assault conservatives.

Jeff Allen No. 38686 1538708168

Hey Alaska! How’s that senator you elected working out for you?

D. Daws No. 38646 1538831705
There IS a time and place for that, Sen Flake. No, it's NOT wrong, Sen. Collins. Sen. Murkowski, your standards for veracity in a witness might need to be even higher than your standards for a judge. Go back to kindergarten. We learned about liars there. The President only said what all Americans are already saying around the water coolers. WE the People run this country, not you. You're FIRED.
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