Yeah, I hate to count on these two as well.
Courtesy of CNBC:
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said on Sunday that she will not support President Donald Trump’s nomination of a replacement to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before Election Day.
The announcement makes Murkowski the second Republican in the Senate, after Susan Collins of Maine, to announce her opposition to filling Ginsburg’s seat before Nov. 3.
Murkowski’s position narrows the path for Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to place Ginsburg’s successor before voters decide whether Trump will hold the White House for a second term.
“For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election. Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed,” Murkowski said in a statement.
“I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia,” she added. “We are now even closer to the 2020 election – less than two months out – and I believe the same standard must apply.”
The GOP has a 53-seat majority in Congress’s upper chamber, meaning the party will not be able to confirm a justice if more than three senators defect, assuming every Democrat votes against the nominee.
I kind of think that Mitt Romney will refuse to support the vote as well, which means only one more GOP Senator needs to balk to end this whole charade.
I do not want to make any predictions about Susan Collins because she is a huge flake, but I think Murkowski is reliable on this.
And if she is not I think her seat will finally be up for grabs.
Part of me does not think that McConnell would risk pushing for a vote with three outspoken GOP Senators attacking the very idea.
But I guess that depends on how much pressure he feels from Donald Trump who is well known to aggressively punish any of those who stand in the way of him getting what he wants.
And clearly, this is what he wants.