I have no idea if this is true or not, but I wanted to pass along in the hopes that it is:

With the Senate Judiciary Committee holding a vote at 9:30 A.M. tomorrow, a Senate insider has told Townhall that Kavanaugh has the votes to make it out of committee and the votes to be confirmed on the floor for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Sens. Flake (R-AZ), Collins (R-ME), Murkowski (R-AK), and Manchin (D-WV) are expected to vote in favor of Kavanaugh. All the Republicans are voting yes. Also, in the rumor mill, several Democrats may break ranks and back Kavanaugh. That’s the ball game, folks.

Though Matt Vespa is the only person reporting these developments that I’ve found, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker did signal his intentions to vote to confirm Kavanaugh on Twitter:

Also, Senator Flake has expressed this support.  “Our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence,” he said.

I hope Kavanaugh gets through, because it would be a sad day if the outrage mob took down this good man. But it won’t be over even if he’s confirmed.

The Daily Caller reports “Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh might face more political attacks from the left even if he is confirmed” and “Some Democrats are pledging to investigate him if they retake Congress and are floating the possibility of impeachment.”

This might very well be the empty cries and threats of a people who know they’re defeated.  Or, if might be a rallying cry, much like Donald Trump’s “Lock her up” chant that never came to fruition.  Either way, yesterday damaged this nation in a way that makes the Clarence Thomas hearings look quaint.  (Thank you, Democrats and social media.)

This is not ending anytime soon.  Kavanaugh explained this powerfully in his opening:

Since my nomination in July, there’s been a frenzy on the left to come up with something, anything to block my confirmation. Shortly after I was nominated, the Democratic Senate leader said he would “oppose me with everything he’s got.” A Democratic senator on this committee publicly referred to me as evil. Evil. Think about that word. And said that those that supported me were “complicit and evil.” Another Democratic senator on this committee said, “Judge Kavanaugh is your worst nightmare.” A former head of the Democratic National Committee said, “Judge Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come.”

I understand the passions of the moment. But I would say to those senators: Your words have meaning. Millions of Americans listened carefully to you. Given comments like those, is it any surprise that people have been willing to do anything to make any physical threat against my family? To send any violent email to my wife, to make any kind of allegation against me, and against my friends, to blow me up and take me down.

You sowed the wind for decades to come. I fear that the whole country will reap the whirlwinds. The behavior of several of the Democratic members of this committee at my hearing a few weeks ago was an embarrassment. But at least it was just a good old-fashioned attempt at Borking. Those efforts didn’t work.

He also said this:

The consequences will extend long past my nomination. The consequences will be with us for decades. This grotesque and coordinated character assassination will dissuade confident and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country. And as we all know in the United States political system of the early 2000s, what goes around comes around.

I also fear these negative consequences will never go away, unless we can remove politicians from having an undue influence in our system.  The only real way to do that is to use Article V to restrict their power and bring it back into the appropriate constitutional boundaries.  These hearings were just the latest — very dramatic — example of why we need to call a Convention of States.


Image Credit: Lorie Shaull on Flickr

Hat Tip: The Daily Caller

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.