These Are the 6 Senators Who Will Decide the Fate of Brett Kavanaugh


It’s come down to the wire.

If Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is to be confirmed, it’s these six Senators that are likely to decide his fate.

From The New York Post:

No profiles in courage among this bunch.

Six on-the-fence senators – three vulnerable Democrats and three moderate Republicans – are eyeing the polls and hoping for an assist from the FBI as the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh rests in their hands.

“This isn’t an easy decision. And honestly, I don’t think it should be easy for anyone,” Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) said Friday.

She is one of three Democratic senators running for re-election in states that President Trump won resoundingly in 2016. Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana are in the same boat.

On the Republican side, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are being squeezed by liberal activists on one side and their own party leadership on the other. Meanwhile, Jeff Flake of Arizona is reserving judgment until the FBI investigation he insisted on is complete.

The Senate agreed to delay its final vote on Kavanaugh for up to a week so the FBI can probe last-minute sexual-assault allegations against him. The development gives the ditherers a short respite to rework their political calculus.

This should be a slam-dunk confirmation. After all, the Republicans control the Senate.

But, with so much anti-Trump dissension within the GOP, Kavanaugh’s confirmation is anything but guaranteed. All it will take is one GOP defection.

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