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Blocking Brett Kavanaugh Just Got A Lot Harder

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during an event at the University of Chicago’s Ida Noyes Hall in Chicago on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

Ever since the announcement of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to fill the rather small seat being left on the Supreme Court by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has been conflicted in his public statements about how he will vote. There was no doubt Paul was probably going to vote for Kavanaugh because he’s not a Susan Collins or Jeff Flake who’d knife his caucus just for grins. On the other hand, Kavanaugh’s vote to allow the NSA to collect the metadata from phone calls without a warrant was a potential stumbling block.

Now Paul has announced his support of the nomination:

This is making Kavanaugh confirmation seem more and more a foregone conclusion. The consensus opinion is that the campaign to put pressure on Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski is not having much of an impact making them much more likely to vote in favor. John McCain probably won’t vote thereby losing an opportunity to say “screw you” to the GOP once again. Manchin will be a yes. There is a better than even chance Heitkamp, Donnelly, Jones and McCaskill–at a minimum–cross the aisle to vote in favor. The fact that Chuck Schumer is not whipping the vote in his caucus shows that he thinks the danger of losing Red State Democrats in November outweighs the threat of a Justice Kavanaugh.

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