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.

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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Mrs. Kang and I were talking about this yesterday. She said she thinks he won’t get the confirmation. I told her I think he will and she was surprised I thought that way. I told he I had no faith that this Senate will do the right thing and that there was a 99% chance he’ll get confirmed. She thought I was being pessimistic. I do admit that Murkowski voting to not move on to the full vote is surprising and gives me some hope, but the fact that Manchin voted the way he did offsets that. The math is still the same, but I think the odds of Kavanaugh not getting confirmed increased slightly. I think the odds of him getting the confirmation are still overwhelming.