Yesterday, the entire nation was treated to a five hour patriarchy play starring Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh. While Blasey Ford took a tearful, reluctant, demure approach to her testimony. Brett Kavanaugh decided to go full 80s high school villain (appropriate) and adopted an angry, combative tone. On Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 to advance the nomination of Brett “I LOVE BEER” Kavanaugh.
Here’s what key politicians are saying about Kavanaugh’s nomination after hearing Thursday’s testimony.
Sen. Jeff Flake
JUST IN: Sen. Jeff Flake: “I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.” https://t.co/AMrTSO5iHL pic.twitter.com/9kSwXqp8wp
— ABC News (@ABC) September 28, 2018
Senator Jeff Flake was on the fence about Kavanaugh’s nomination after the hearing yesterday, but his announcement today that he will support Kavanaugh’s nomination guarantees he makes it out of committee and to the full Senate for a vote. Here’s a video of protesters confronting him shortly after his nomination:
FULL EXCHANGE between JEFF FLAKE and KAVANAUGH protesters ahead of Senate Judiciary Committee meeting. pic.twitter.com/RGLIQSQexy
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) September 28, 2018
UPDATE: In a stunning display of giving a f*ck, Jeff Flake voted to move Kavanaugh out of committee, but said stood with Democrats in calling for a one week delay to allow the FBI to investigate all the allegations against Kavanaugh, indicating that he would not feel comfortable voting yes without one. Whaddya know? Yelling at people in elevators works.
Jeff Flake’s statement apparently securing agreement for FBI probe. pic.twitter.com/ibMVuHB4sC
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) September 28, 2018
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
“In 25 years… I have never seen a nominee for any position behave in that manner” – Democrat Senator Dianne Feinstein criticises Brett Kavanaugh for going “on the attack” at Senate Judiciary Committee https://t.co/nJMyjVnRxJ #KavanaughHearings pic.twitter.com/Khm6dkksrX
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) September 28, 2018
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee and the person Dr. Ford brought her allegation to originally, believes Ford, will not confirm Kavanaugh, and is calling for a delay to the hearing so that the FBI may investigate. She also wanted to subpoena Mark Judge, the witness in the room during the alleged assault, but the Republicans defeated a motion to do so today because of course they did.
Sen. Chuck Grassley
#KavanaughHearings: Some Democratic senators leave the room as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley makes statement in support of Brett Kavanaugh
Follow live updates: https://t.co/nJMyjVFsph pic.twitter.com/EqUIgFz3Oe
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) September 28, 2018
Sen. Chuck Grassley is
old enough to remember the invention of sexual harassment the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He intends to move Kavanaugh out of committee and will vote to confirm him. He tweeted this the day before the hearing, which is not in a language I personally understand but maybe you can decode it:
On behalf of Judic Cmte Rs a staff counsel w expertise prosecuting sex crimes will question Dr. Ford &Judge Kavanaugh. Why? to DE-POLITICIZE the hrg What we dont want is repeat of Dem grandstanding at Kavanaugh hrg This hrg deserves a serious approach, I hope my colleagues agree
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 26, 2018
Sen. Lindsey Graham
Senator Lindsey Graham fully lost his mind at approximately 4:46pm EST on September 27th, 2018. He also is being credited with single-handedly saving Kavanaugh’s nomination so thank you Senator Graham. South Carolina, please come collect your man:
Sen. Lindsey Graham: “This has never been about the truth. This has been about delay and destruction. And if we reward this, it is the end of good people wanting to be judges… It is the beginning of a process that will tear this country apart.” https://t.co/yuLQgWQoK4 pic.twitter.com/pnMkm7n1de
— CNN (@CNN) September 28, 2018
Sens. Collins, Murkowski, and Manchin
SUSAN COLLINS just told me she hasn’t made up her mind yet on Brett Kavanaugh for SCOTUS.
She declined to comment on the hearing yesterday.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 28, 2018
Democrat Joe Manchin and Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski are all undecided, but expected to vote as a block. I guess this is a Sisterhood of the Traveling Votes situation.
Call them now.
Susan Collins: 202-224-2523
Bob Corker: 202-224-3344
Jeff Flake: 202-224-4521
Lisa Murkowski 202-224-6665
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) September 27, 2018
Governors Hogan, Baker, and Kasich
→ 3 GOP governors react
—Baker (MA): Accusations “sickening,” need independent probe, should be no Senate vote
—Hogan (MD): Take time to be sure accusers are heard, Kavanaugh can respond
—Kasich (OH): Can’t support if they move forward w/ no probe pic.twitter.com/8sXxillNzM
— Fox News Research (@FoxNewsResearch) September 27, 2018
3 Republican Governors decided to be human f*cking beings yesterday and are all calling for the vote to be delayed so there can be further investigation.
Sens. Heitkamp And Tester
Heitkamp and Tester, two Democrats, are also considered on the fence about Kavanaugh. I’m gonna leave this right here…
Sen. Murkowski 202-224-6665
Sen. Collins 202-224-2523
Sen. Heitkamp 202-224-2043
Sen. Manchin 202-224-3954
Sen. Nelson 202-224-5274
Sen. Tester 202-224-2644
Sen. Flake 202-224-4521
Please call and ask them to vote No!
— Linda DelGaudio (@linneydel) September 28, 2018
Donald F*cking Trump
Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 27, 2018
I mean, are we surprised?
If you want to stop the Kavanaugh nomination, there is still time. The number for the Capitol switchboard is: (202) 224-3121. And if he is confirmed, make your opinion known at the ballot box. Click here to get registered and/or check your registration with Rock The Vote.
Remember: don’t call your ex, call your Senator.
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