Brett Kavanaugh and the McCain factor
Added 07-11-18 11:31:01am EST - “Yesterday, I noted that Sen. John McCain has strongly backed the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. I think McCain's endorsement bodes well for the nominee even if McCain isn't physically able to vote for him because it's indicative…” - Powerlineblog.com
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Yesterday, I noted that Sen. John McCain has strongly backed the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. I think McCain’s endorsement bodes well for the nominee even if McCain isn’t physically able to vote for him because it’s indicative of how Kavanaugh is viewed by moderate Republicans. Obviously, the endorsement bodes even better if McCain is able to vote for Kavanaugh. In that scenario, the judge can be confirmed even with one Republican defection.
Allahpundit at Hot Air takes the analysis further. He discusses the possibility that, if necessary, McCain might resign from the Senate so he can be replaced by someone who can vote to confirm Kavanaugh. The power to appoint a replacement resides with the state’s Republican governor, and the replacement would not be up for reelection until 2020.
I have assumed that McCain would never resign. However, I can imagine him doing so for the good of the country if it makes the difference between confirming and not confirming Kavanaugh.
Allpundit speculates that we won’t reach that point. He thinks Sen. Susan Collins will back Kavanaugh and, indeed, the early signs are good. He also thinks that if Collins doesn’t support Kavanaugh, Sen. Lisa Murkowski will shy away too, meaning that an extra vote (by McCain or his replacement) won’t be sufficient.
I don’t view Collins and Murkowski as joined at the hip on this matter. The Alaska Senator has a long record of voting to confirm nominees to the judiciary by presidents of both parties. She’s on record that presidents deserve plenty of deference in this matter, and her votes are consistent with that sentiment.
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