Democrats living in red states should be feeling quite uncomfortable these days.
Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Joe Donnelly (D-IN), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) are all risking their futures to play out this political charade against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
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In past cases, all three of these Democrats have been more than willing to listen to and work with GOP politicians on bipartisan issues.
Not this time, though.
Two of the three are still undecided, while Donnelly has already come out to say he is not going to vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
The problem with that statement is that the FBI is still conducting an investigation into the nominee, an investigation the Democrats begged for and hammered Kavanaugh over during Thursday’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Statements like that from Donnelly and other Democrats only prove that this investigation is a complete sham.
They were never worried about the finding out the truth — only in delaying the nomination confirmation.
While Donnelly is a firm no, there is still some hope for both Heitkamp and Manchin.
As does Donnelly, these senators make their home in states that were dominated by Trump in the presidential election.
To put it bluntly, if they vote against Kavanaugh, they are pretty much signing the death warrant for their political careers.
More than likely, they are all hoping Kavanaugh solves their dilemma by dropping out of consideration.
Kavanaugh, however, has been adamant that he is not going to back down.
Trump could still revoke Kavanaugh’s nomination and choose another potential justice.
Heitkamp has actually been politicking for this solution while out on the campaign trail.
“There’s a lot of lawyers in American who can sit on the court,” Heitkamp said. “I think this idea that there’s only one person that can do this job, we all need to recalibrate.”
In a normal world, that might be true, but this political cycle is anything but normal.
With this nomination holding a key vote on the court for at least two decades, no matter who Trump puts up, they will be fought tooth and nail with every dirty tactic in the Democrat playbook.