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“Look at the polls over the last three or four days,” Donald Trump told a rally in Minnesota, “and it shows [Democrats’] rage-fueled resistance is starting to backfire at a level that nobody has ever seen before.”
The president was referring to polling that shows some improvement for Republicans heading into November’s midterm elections.
In July, there was a 10-point gap between the number of Democrats and Republicans saying the November elections were “very important.” Now, that is down to 2 points, a statistical tie.
Democrats’ advantage on which party’s candidate they are more likely to support has also been cut in half since last month. Democrats still retain a 6-point edge on that question, but it was 12 points after a Marist poll conducted in mid-September …
The Washington Post suggests that if senator Steve Daines heads to Montana to attend his daughter’s wedding tomorrow (see earlier), Republicans could wait till the early hours of Sunday so he can still cast his vote.
Daines’s vote will not be needed Saturday unless one Republican defects and Democrats stay unified against Kavanaugh. In that case, a Saturday evening session could be held open for hours into Sunday so Daines, who supports Kavanaugh, could return to Washington after the wedding and cast his vote.
If two Republicans vote against Kavanaugh today, and all Democrats also reject him, his nomination is over.
Four senators remain undecided. They are:
Confirming Kavanaugh will be that bit harder for the Republicans if Senator Steve Daines of Montana goes ahead with his vow to attend his daughter’s wedding in his home state on Saturday, according to the Associated Press.
If Daines walks his daughter down the aisle instead of voting in the expected final vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination tomorrow, only one Republican “no” vote would sink the nominee – provided, that is, all Democrats vote against him too.
Brett Kavanaugh took the unusual step on Thursday of taking the case for his confirmation to the US supreme court to the pages of the Wall Street Journal, admitting his Senate testimony “might have been too emotional” and insisting that he would be impartial if confirmed.
Kavanaugh’s aggressive demeanor and highly partisan statements - at one point he claimed the allegations against him were “revenge on behalf of the Clintons” – seemed designed to win over an audience of one: Donald Trump.
I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever been. I might have been too emotional at times. I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said. I hope everyone can understand that I was there as a son, husband and dad. I testified with five people foremost in my mind: my mom, my dad, my wife, and most of all my daughters.
Going forward, you can count on me to be the same kind of judge and person I have been for my entire 28-year legal career: hardworking, even-keeled, open-minded, independent and dedicated to the Constitution and the public good.
The US Senate is due to take a crucial vote on Friday on whether to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s nominate to the supreme court, with key senators still seemingly undecided on whether to vote to confirm him.
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