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Why do I have the feeling that I’ve been watching the ending of the film Apollo 13? This latest development for the pending Senate confirmation vote on Kavanaugh is reminiscent of the scene in the film before the hoped-for successful splashdown when one of the NASA technicians informs flight director, Gene Kranz, about a typhoon making its way to the splashdown zone. From Fox News:
Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., will not be available at any point on Saturday to vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Instead, he’ll be at his daughter’s wedding, Fox News has learned.
The absence of the senator – expected to support the embattled nominee’s confirmation – throws a wrench into the works as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., aims to push through Kavanaugh’s nomination to the high court.
The decision means McConnell would need to obtain all of his available 50 Republican senators to vote for the judge. It would also push Vice President Mike Pence out of the mix, as 99 senators would be voting and Pence can only settle things in the event of a tie. Under the new precedent established during Nuclear Option II on Supreme Court nominees, the Senate simply needs a “majority” of those “voting.”
I don’t know about anyone else but I have some beer cooling in my fridge. I like beer. I plan to celebrate Kavanaugh’s confirmation with beer. Failure is not an option.