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McConnell Files to End Kavanaugh Debate, Confirmation Vote Possible Saturday

McConnell Files to End Kavanaugh Debate, Confirmation Vote Possible Saturday

Procedural vote will occur on Friday.

Late Friday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture to end the debate on Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

This filing will set up a procedural vote on Friday and a possible confirmation vote on Saturday.

Roll Call explains:

Under Senate rules, the key vote on McConnell’s cloture motion will take place one hour after the Senate convenes Friday. The Republicans needed to get the motion to limit debate before the end of the calendar day Wednesday to allow the Friday vote.

If all goes according to plan, the vote will take place one day after senators get a chance to review supplemental background information from an FBI inquiry into allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh.

If McConnell musters a majority of senators to vote to limit debate on Kavanaugh, there would then be up to 30 hours of debate, meaning the final vote on confirmation would most likely come on Saturday.

McConnell had said Wednesday morning that senators supporting Kavanaugh would not be deterred from voting this week by protesters in the Senate hallways.


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Flake is obviously a ‘no’.

Collins over past couple days has gone from whining about the FBI investigation not being ‘long’ enough to demanding they investigate Swetnik’s utterly LUDICROUS claims.

This delay was a huge mistake. They were desperate to separate the vote from Kavanaugh’s powerful testimony and the Failure Theatre morons obliged them. I think this has given Collins enough cover that she’s comfortable to vote ‘no’, and then Murkowski is going to vote no as well. Which frees Manchin up to vote ‘yes’ without changing the outcome.

I’m betting its going to be 49-51.

    Colonel Travis in reply to Olinser. | October 3, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    You do not announce a floor vote if you don’t have the votes.
    Kavanaugh is going in.

      You do if you think publicly losing the vote will help you in the midterms.

      Don’t get me wrong. I’d love to be proved wrong.

      I just feel like this is the Republicans gathering up for another rousing round of Failure Theatre.

        Colonel Travis in reply to Olinser. | October 4, 2018 at 12:39 am

        Never gave that kind of scenario consideration but I can’t say I’d be shocked if it happened. I’m gonna stick with my prediction that he will be the next justice, but if you’re right I’ll buy you a big fat juicy steak dinner.

        DieJustAsHappy in reply to Olinser. | October 4, 2018 at 4:26 am

        I don’t see McConnell making such a gambit.

        buckeyeminuteman in reply to Olinser. | October 4, 2018 at 12:16 pm

        Republicans love being the loser. It’s better for campaign contributions when you’re “fighting for the people”.

    Matt_SE in reply to Olinser. | October 4, 2018 at 12:00 am

    There’s no plausible cover for Collins or Murkowski. A vote against Kavanaugh will be political suicide.

      alaskabob in reply to Matt_SE. | October 4, 2018 at 12:40 am

      The ACLU (“non-partisan”) is spending bucks to fly “non-partisan” women from Alaska to DC to lobby Murkowski to vote “no”.

        objection in reply to alaskabob. | October 4, 2018 at 8:10 am

        Well let’s see here. Trump finally delivered on Anwar. I wonder if Murkowski’s grateful for that? The Republicans helped Murkowski win as a write in. There is no plausible story of abuse to hand your hat on.

        A NO vote would be a gamble that she could make things right with her party by 2022. McConnell might forget but not Trump

      ecreegan in reply to Matt_SE. | October 4, 2018 at 9:32 am

      I think McConnell will tell (or more likely has told) Collins and Murkowski that if Kavanaugh fails to be confirmed, they’re going to have to go through this again: if the Republicans lose the Senate, Trump, McConnell, and Grassley will try to ram Amy Comey Barrett through without hearings in December and McConnell guarantees a vote on the floor; if the Republicans keep the Senate, they’re going to go through the whole Kavanaugh zoo again in January.

        Carl in reply to ecreegan. | October 4, 2018 at 2:44 pm

        I beg to differ. If Kavanaugh falls with Collins and Murkowski voting NO, and if they survive on November 6 and it stays 51-49, no Trump nominee will ever get through. If either or both are defeated, any Trump nominee, including Kavanaugh revisited, will be confirmed.

    OneVoiceInAmerica in reply to Olinser. | October 4, 2018 at 2:26 am

    I’ll risk a prediction of at least 52 votes for confirmation, could be up to 55 unless more Democrats are ready to retire than I think. It’s raining shoes!

      I think Manchin is the only plausible defector because I think he’s the only one who might actually save his seat by voting yes.

      Yes, polls said 60% of the country want Kavanaugh confirmed if there was no corroboration. But the Democratic Senators need the vast majority of the 40% who don’t want then to pull some from the 60% who do.

    Maybe but forcing the issue right now when so many senators will face serious backlash for voting no is the way to go. Voters of “both” parties are fed up with this crap and this will benefit the GOP in November.

    So if you are right about 49-51, Trump makes it clear that he will renominate Kav after the elections. Does that help the Dems and NeverTrumpers? Hell no!

Colonel Travis | October 3, 2018 at 10:15 pm

This is how you win, morons. Wish you always had a spine. Maybe this is a wake-up call for the (R) party. Maybe not. But it’s nice to think so.

Anyone else feel a tingle up their leg?

    MrE in reply to RodFC. | October 3, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    What would send a tingle up my leg, would be a simple statement from the FBI such as:

    “xx FBI agents interviewed xxx witnesses in 6 days, in xx states and xxx manhours. This supplemental investigation, together with the 6 prior investigations of Judge Kavanaugh did not turn up any evidence that corroborates any of the accusations leveled against him.”

    Oh, and mic drop.

      neanderthal in reply to MrE. | October 4, 2018 at 1:18 am

      Reports are that the White House has seen the report, and it shows no corroboration of the sexual assault charges.

      Maybe that’s enough for a little tingle….

    JusticeDelivered in reply to RodFC. | October 3, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    I don’t have a priest nearby, no tingle.

“Late Friday night…” s/b “Late Wednesday night…”?

Close The Fed | October 3, 2018 at 10:27 pm

I’m still amazed the GOP women act as though they think women want the extreme abortion regime we have.

And Collins was downright offensive when she said Trump was too hard on Ford. In what world does she live? Ford hasn’t said one truthful thing that I can tell, except where she went to school, things like that. As far as anything connected to Kavanaugh, it’s all been refuted. I’m sick of Collins. She needs to go. Mainers, why are you doing this to the country?

Elections have consequences.
Prediction: Justice Thomas will buy the first round.

Prediction: The left will try to completely shut down the Senate Friday and/or Saturday. Something radical like trying to prevent access to the Senate, possibly by staging a riot.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to irv. | October 3, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    From what I have seen, most riots are cover to loot, and the picking in the Senate will be limited because our senators are even better looters than Democratic deplorables.

    RNJD in reply to irv. | October 3, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Irv, my predictions of events unfolding in this intergalactic freak show [h/t Senator Kennedy, (R – LA)] have all been wrong, but I see considerable value in yours.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to irv. | October 3, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    This riot will not be without cost in lives. I rather expect that they will see that some Republican Senators do not survive the attempt to vote as a warning to the rest to submit.

    Sure, because the only reason it has backfired on them so far is because they weren’t strident enough. So double down! Go nuts this time!

    IndependentDem in reply to irv. | October 4, 2018 at 7:59 am

    I was in the Dirkson Building on Tuesday meeting with one of my state’s senators (who happens to a Republican on the Judiciary Committee, and will vote to confirm), and the place was swarming with police. You may be correct that the leftist fascists will try something, but I suspect that part of DC will look like an armed camp when it’s time to vote. And I won’t be surprised if the Capital Police are fully allowed to do their job.

Good for Ol’ Cocaine…!!!

Prepare yourselves, cowards and cucks. The time of reckoning is nigh.

Hey, if my bet plays out – if Lindsey gets us to stand down today for the promise of a renomination and confirmation of Kavanaugh post midterms that gets broken by failure theatre…

I want a weekly column: “How the GOP can get their balls back”

And a pony.

Oh. And a Ban Stick of Doooom. Hehe. (waves to Rags)

    mailman in reply to Fen. | October 4, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Why Graham is saying makes sense. If he doesn’t get through this time get him through next time! And RAM it down the throats of the democrats and get out and campaign on their actions (like they should be doing already).

    Ragspierre in reply to Fen. | October 4, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Another murder fantasy…???

    You really are one sick phuc.

“Procedural vote.” Uh-huh. A deceptive simulation of progress. Or even of mere consciousness.

I wonder how tedious the Senate procedure is for getting out of the building in case of a fire. And if a committee has to vote on it first.


Liberals declare Monday has been marginalized and disenfranchised. Demand Saturday and Sunday be moved to follow next Friday.

Wait a second, here’s proof that Judge Kavanaugh is anti=woman.

In 3rd grade, the judge pulled the pigtails of the girl sitting in front of him. Isn’t that sexist?

Send the FBI to that school for confirmation.