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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 07 September 2018 - 01:53 PM

Game Over? Senate Moderates Starting To Line Up Behind Kavanaugh

Townhall
Guy Benson
Posted: Sep 07, 2018 10:45 AM

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The pre-hearings attacks, distortions and Hail Marys all collapsed. The table-pounding and hilarious self-owning during the hearings didn't move the needle. And now it appears as though Brett Kavanaugh is more or less a lock to become America's next Supreme Court justice. With Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats failing to land even one substantive body blow against Kavanaugh during multiple marathon sessions -- each of which was interrupted by deranged caterwauling from left-wing activists -- the writing is on the wall. Barring a seismic event, confirmation is all but assured. Let's start with two key red state Democrats whose constituents strongly favor confirmation:

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Moderate Democrats Praise Kavanaugh’s Performance: ‘He’s Handled Himself Very Professionally’ https://t.co/8hV1LQHdrQ
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) September 6, 2018

Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.) said they have not heard anything that would lead them to vote against the president’s choice for the highest court, CNN reports. When asked if she had heard anything that would disqualify Kavanaugh, Heitkamp responded, "Not so far." "No, I haven't seen anything from that standpoint," Manchin said, while adding, "He's handled himself very professionally." ... Kavanaugh’s nomination could pose challenges for Democrats running for reelection in states the president won in 2016. Support for Kavanaugh exceeds 60 percent in North Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, and Missouri.

Heitkamp and Manchin both backed Gorsuch last time around, and it's very much looking like they're preparing to give a thumbs-up to Kavanaugh, as well -- likely with support from a handful of additional vulnerable colleagues. That sort of coalition is especially likely to form if it looks like it's a foregone conclusion that Republicans will vote en masse for the nominee. If he's going to get confirmed, why alienate your own voters by sticking with Schumer on a hugely important vote...and lose the vote anyway? On the other side of the aisle, the upper chamber's two most moderate Republicans represent the Democrats' best shots at peeling apart Mitch McConnell's crew. But now that Jon Kyl has been sworn in to replace John McCain, the GOP majority is back to 51 active votes. Schumer would need two Republicans to cross party lines and shoot down Kavanaugh.

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Posted 07 September 2018 - 03:07 PM

Heitkamp very Red Bible Thumpin' Gun lovin QUITE CONSERVATIVE state of North Dakota.
Dem or not she is from a state that overwhelmingly went for Trump and is quite conservative.
She is that rare Democrat that has by in large voted against Gun control and is at least somewhat Conservative.
Hell, you look at her record and she is actual more Conservative than many Dems.

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Posted 07 September 2018 - 03:48 PM

There are no moderate Democrats. They just know they can't win, that's all, and see no point in expending the effort and, possibly, care about how bad they all look (maybe). But moderate? HA!
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Posted 07 September 2018 - 03:50 PM

I like the cartoon you have, Liz. That was pretty much my first thought when I heard Sessions say that. My jaw dropped at the spectacular lack of self-awareness in his statement.
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