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Takeaways: Kavanaugh ‘Did No Harm’ in 24-Plus Marathon Hours of Q&A

Mainstream outlets reported that Judge Brett Kavanaugh did not appear to have harmed his confirmation prospects over a long two days of question-and-answer sessions with senators.

By NTK Staff | 09.07.2018 @11:00am
Takeaways: Kavanaugh ‘Did No Harm’ in 24-Plus Marathon Hours of Q&A

Judge Brett Kavanaugh completed more than 24 hours of question-and-answer sessions with 21 U.S. senators on Thursday night, a marathon feat. After two days of questioning, mainstream media outlets concluded that Kavanaugh ” [d]id no harm” to his confirmation prospects.

Roll Call reported, under a section titled “Did no harm”:

The federal appellate judge entered the cavernous Hart Building hearing room with the necessary 51 votes to become the next associate justice of the Supreme Court. He did nothing while answering questions for two days to lose a single vote.

…Even some Judiciary Democrats signaled confirmation is all but a done deal.

“I remember when I got my results from my bar exam, I thought to myself, ‘Well, that’ll be the last time I ever have to sit down and take an exam,’” Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin said to the nominee. “So at the end of this day, this may be your last formal exam in terms of your legal career. I’m sure there’s a sense of expectation, hopefulness, and relief in that.”

The Associated Press reported that Kavanaugh “appeared to be on a path to confirmation” despite “ferocious” attempts from Democrats to paint Kavanaugh as a terrible person.

Senate Democrats worked into the night in a last, ferocious attempt to paint Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a foe of abortion rights and a likely defender of President Donald Trump. But after two marathon days in the witness chair in a Senate hearing room, Kavanaugh appeared to be on a path to confirmation as a Supreme Court justice.

The math is simple: Kavanaugh needs at least 50 ‘yea’ votes to be confirmed (if he receives only 50 votes, Vice President Mike Pence will break a tie). There are 51 Republicans in the U.S. Senate, and none of them have expressed reservations about Kavanaugh – either this week or earlier in the nomination process.

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