— The Hill (@thehill) October 25, 2020
Courtesy of CNN:
Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced Saturday that she will ultimately vote yes on Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court of the United States.
“I believe that the only way to put us back on the path of appropriate consideration of judicial nominees, is to evaluate Judge Barrett as we would want to be judged — on the merits of her qualifications. And we do that when that final question comes before us. And when it does, I will be a yes,” Murkowski said on the Senate floor.
The Alaska Republican had been keeping her decision private and had previously said that she did not believe the Senate should be taking up a Supreme Court nomination this close to the election.
Murkowski’s announcement comes just one day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cut off debate and set up a final confirmation vote for Barrett to take place just eight days before the election. McConnell’s move sets up a Sunday afternoon procedural vote to break a Democratic filibuster and then a final confirmation vote, likely Monday evening.
Only one Republican — Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who is facing a competitive reelection fight — is expected to vote against the confirmation due to concerns that it’s too close to the election to consider a nominee.
You may remember that when Murkowski first announced that she would not be supporting this new Supreme Court nominee, I said that she would only take that position if Mitch McConnell did not need her vote for confirmation.
But now that Susan Collins is struggling so mightily to hold onto her seat clearly McConnell feels that he cannot allow two votes to slip away.
So now Murkowski has been reined in under the belief that by the time she runs for reelection the voters of Alaska will have forgotten.
Well, I would not count on that.
We have seen this dog and pony show too many times, to have not identified the pattern.