The Senate Just Advanced Brett Kavanaugh to a Full Confirmation Vote

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On Friday morning, the Senate voted, predictably, to proceed with the final vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation, which will likely take place on Saturday. The 51-49 vote was split mostly along party lines, though two senators who have been undecided on the Kavanaugh hearings, Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, voted against and voted in favor, respectively.

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Friday’s vote, known as a cloture vote, initiates the cloture process; this essentially means that a final vote must be held within 30 hours, nixing the ability for Democrats to filibuster or otherwise postpone the vote.

Republicans have rushed this vote from the start, holding an incomplete confirmation hearing that excluded several key witnesses, initiating a sham FBI investigation, smearing the women who accused their candidate, and scheduling Senate votes before the hearings even concluded.

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On Saturday, the Senate will vote on whether to send Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. That vote feels predictable, too.

Prachi Gupta is a senior reporter at Jezebel.

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You guys, this is angering but honestly- HONESTLY- this is what HRC predicted EXACTLY would happen. This is what Dr. Ford could see happening. This is what 96% of Black women voters could see happening- because we have seen this happen in the past and present: a mediocre, violent White male suck up is rewarded for his mediocrity and shitty behavior.

The thing to do now is make sure you are registered to vote, and if you do have vote by mail, get your ass to a voting poll. Talking a bunch of shit about how American Democracy is dead” show intellectual laziness and nihilism.

American Democracy is not dead- it is JUST getting started (with full suffrage for all citizens with Voters Right act of 1964). This is the blowback- get out there and vote.