After Cloture Vote, 51 Vote Majority For Judge Kavanaugh Is In The Horizon.
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
The United States Senate held its cloture vote regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh's unnecessarily contentious confirmation process on Friday with the Judge holding a narrow, 51-49 majority. The vote begins the 30 hours clock to the question of his confirmation, which ought to take place on Saturday.
The vote, and the rhetoric leading up to it, was largely predictable as Democrats lined up against him, and the Republicans supported him. Despite its foreseeability, there are a few insights to be gleamed from the final tally.
First, the key to the puzzle continues to be Senator Jeff Flake whose vacillations have left him at odds with the Republican caucus and Republicans in general. Today, he was a yes vote, but the question still remains whether his present position can survive until Saturday.
On the flip side, Senators Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, and Joe Manchin, a Democrat, each parted with their respective parties canceling out the effects of their descents. Senator Susan Collins, the Republican from Maine and a shaky supporter of Kavanaugh voted in the affirmative.
Although the results of the cloture vote do not guarantee confirmation, senators tend to vote in same way they do in the final vote. Kavanaugh supporters are hoping this will translate to a confirmation of the Judge on Saturday.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.