There are swing Republican votes in the Kavanaugh debate, but there are also swing Democratic votes. And one of the swing Democrats just gave a very revealing statement.
From Daily Wire:
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), another potential swing vote in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, strongly signaled a “Yes” vote on Wednesday when he announced his reviewing process.
According to Manchin, he will base his vote on Kavanaugh’s life from age 22-53, not his life in high school, which Democrats have increasingly scrutinized in the past weeks amid allegations from Christine Blasey Ford that the SCOTUS nominee sexually assaulted her at a pool party 36 years ago.
“I am looking at the gentleman as an adult from 22 to 53, thirty-one years of professional service,” Manchin told Al-Jazeera. “I am looking at him as a father. As a person in a community, how he interacts with his community. I am trying to put the human side to it.”
Now, while that’s not a definitive, but it does suggest he’s not going to be influenced by things before then.
Sounds very positive.
He was flooded, politely, at a festival last week in West Virginia, with constituents telling him to vote for Kavanaugh.
They would not be happy with him if he voted “no” as Kavanaugh is supported in West Virginia by 58%.
Prior to the sexual allegations, Manchin had been looking like a “yes.” Manchin was one of three Democrats who voted to confirm Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
He was told that one of the other swing Democrats, Heidi Heitkamp, had decided to vote against Kavanaugh and his response was again interesting. “Heidi made her decision. I will make mine.”
Manchin has made previous statements saying he would not allow Ford’s allegations to exclude Kavanaugh if they remained unsubstantiated and uncorroborated.
And the report apparently did not find any corroboration for the story.
So if he’s being logical he should be a “yes.”
And now more indication Flake may be a yes:
The GOP has 51 senators, Democrats have 49. But they may be missing on GOP Senator if the vote goes on Saturday because Steve Daines of Montana has his daughter’s wedding on that date and can’t be there. So keep contacting Manchin and all the swing senators to encourage them to vote to confirm.