With the flurry of women who have come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, it has become increasingly more evident that someone in the GOP would have to rise to his defense this week.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has done just that as he took the Senate floor on Monday afternoon, attacking Senate Democrats and their allies for running a smear campaign to ruin Kavanaugh’s life.
Although McConnell’s rant included a guarantee that Kavanaugh would be voted on, it doesn’t appear as if everyone agrees with that notion. And shockingly enough, that includes Fox News.
According to Chad Pergram, who covers Congress for Fox News and has a pulse of what’s going on behind closed doors in the Senate, the nomination is anything but guaranteed at this point. Here’s what he posted to Twitter Monday evening:
“Kavanaugh nomination is in trouble. That’s why McConnell made blistering speech today. Baseball teams mail it in once they are out of pennant race. McConnell trying to get GOPers to run out every ground ball in effort to salvage nomination. Kavanaugh lacks the votes right now.”
Pergram then goes on to suggest in subsequent tweets that even if the vote fails, McConnell could try to force a full Senate vote on Brett Kavanaugh, because when the red state Democrats in the Senate vote against him, the GOP can in turn use it against them in the November elections.
While there could be some truth to that, it is far more likely that such a plan would blow up in the GOP’s face. With Kavanaugh becoming a more questionable nominee by the day, a full Senate vote could actually hurt a handful of Republican Senators who are up for reelection.
Regardless, with Monday night’s revelations, particularly the acknowledgment from the ever conservative Fox News, it’s safe to say that, despite McConnell’s claims, we’ve reached the point where he and the Senate Republicans simply don’t have the votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh after all.