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OCTOBER 6, 2018
Sen. Susan Collins delivered a masterful defense of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Friday, and moments later a key Democrat also announced his support, virtually ensuring Judge Kavanaugh's elevation to the high court. Ms. Collins, a Maine Republican who had been the most-watched senator in the chamber ahead of the vote, took a scalpel to Democratic objections on both legal and moral grounds, defended Republicans' handling of sensitive sexual assault allegations, and blasted outside interest groups for plumbing the rock bottom in their desperation to try to defeat Judge Kavanaugh. I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, Ms. Collins said, drawing applause from her colleagues, many of whom came to the floor to hear her tour de force defense of the political center. Collins said it straight and right.
The Alaska Republican told reporters she hadn't
made up her mind about how she would vote until she entered the chamber
Friday morning, and had been wrestling with evaluating Judge Kavanaugh
based on his qualifications and the swirling allegations of sexual assault.
I believe we are dealing with issues right now that are bigger than a nominee
in how we assure that our institutions not only the legislative branch
but the judicial branch continue to be respected, Ms. Murkowski said.
I took the very, very difficult vote that I did. I believe Brett Kavanaugh
is a good man. I believe he is a good man. It just might be, in my view,
he is not the right man for the court at this time, she added. The judge
cleared a filibuster on a 51-49 vote. Traitor Murkowski is a political