Senate Set to Close Debate on Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination

As what might be considered the first truly "illegitimate justice" on the Court, Fallon continued, Kavanaugh's confirmation "will mark a point of no return for the Supreme Court's reputation as the one, apolitical branch" of the US government.

There have also been smaller pockets of protesters who are standing up for Kavanaugh and backing his nomination.

Ultimately, it was Collins who put Kavanaugh on the brink of a lifetime appointment.

On top if everything else, an old tweet from November 2017 has now come back to haunt Collins.

If the count on Kavanaugh ends up being tight, that might force GOP leaders to keep the voting open for longer than expected, perhaps until late Saturday or Sunday (local time).

But when all the votes were cast, ultimately Murkowski voted no and Collins voted yes.

"I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court", Collins of Maine said Friday in a Senate floor speech.

The Senate voted to advance Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination in a critical test of support.

Speaking to reporters near the Great Sphinx, she says she's glad that both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey (BLAH'-zee) Ford, were heard.

"I believe he's a good man. It just may be, that in my view, he's not the right man for the court at this time", the Alaska senator said.

Within minutes of their announcements, potential political challengers to both Collins and Murkowski emerged. Lisa Murkowski voted against moving the nomination forward. The tweet was a reference to an infamous "Saturday Night Live" skit in which Tina Fey, portraying Palin, said she could see Russian Federation from her house.

Palin, a former vice presidential candidate, took to social media after the Alaskan Republican Senator announced her decision. Like so many Americans, I am deeply disappointed in Senator Collins' vote for Kavanaugh.

As those Republicans who voted to in his favor, Fallon concluded, "this will be a career-defining decision they will never live down".

She said judges do lean left and right, but in general, the Supreme Court should be above politics.

All eyes are on those key Republicans who could make or break the confirmation - Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Steve Daines (R), who will be taking part in his daughter's wedding instead of voting. Senators often partner like that to allow an absence without affecting the outcome.

"We would have to investigate any credible allegations of perjury and other things that haven't been properly looked into before", he said. She was re-elected in 2016.

In his senate testimony last week, Kavanaugh denied the accusations. She also spoke of the constituents who reached out to tell her of their stories of assault.

She reprimanded Democrats for being "dead-set on defeating this nomination from the get-go before he was even named". Though, when asked how sure she was that Kavanaugh was the boy who attacked her, Dr. Ford said "100%".

"I feel like I'm right back at Yale where half the room is laughing and looking the other way".

In another development, more than 2,400 law professors had signed on a letter sent to the Senate on Thursday, saying Kavanaugh lacks judicial temperament and thus is disqualified from sitting on the nation's highest court, according to a report of The Washington Post. She called the appeals court judge eminently qualified, adding that his judicial philosophy is well within the mainstream. Support from Collins and Manchin would give Kavanaugh at least 51 votes. If confirmed, Kavanaugh could tip the court's balance toward conservatives for a generation.

Murkowski sat quietly as the roll was called for the Friday vote. (Republicans now have a 51 to 49 seat majority in the Senate, and they will likely keep control of the chamber in November). And if she's willing, she should give testimony too.

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