As the Supreme Court nomination process for Brett Kavanaugh has continued this week, a lot of confusion and chaos have entered the equation.
It began with Jeff Flake seeking the counsel of Democratic Senator Chris Coons, and eventually saw Ben Sasse claim he’s still undecided. Then, Republican Senator Chris Coons joined into the fold, claiming he conveniently won’t be in town this weekend. And last but not least, Chuck Grassley admitted he lost a key Democratic vote and hasn’t heard from four Republican, essentially leaving the GOP at least that many votes short.
“I know that we don’t have a chance to get Heitkamp now and I thought we did. Maybe one or two Democrats got a chance? And I haven’t heard from four Republicans.” he said. And this quote is particularly interesting for two reasons.
One: It reveals that, just ahead of the weekend, Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp has let it be known that her vote is going to be a “no.” This now leaves Joe Manchin as the only red state Democrat who remains undecided, although a “yes” vote from him would be very surprising at this point.
Two: Grassley’s reference to the four Republicans revealed some concern in his voice regarding some key GOP votes. Through logical deduction, we can assume that Jeff Flake, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski are three of the four, but the fourth one is a bit of a mystery. Could it be Ben Sasse, or Steve Daines? Or perhaps GOP Senator Cory Gardner, who, according to multiple major news outlets, suspiciously spent time meeting with sexual assault victims this week?
Regardless, Grassley’s tone says it all. While it’s no secret that he needs Democratic votes, they’re becoming less likely by the day. And from the sounds of it, the votes of four Republicans seem to be swaying in the wrong direction.