Democrats needed four Republicans to break ranks to defeat Donald Trump’s pick to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
After a weekend of suspense, Americans finally got the answer if Trump had the votes to place his third Supreme Court justice on the bench.
And all hell broke loose when this Republican revealed their vote on Ginsburg’s successor.
Republicans hold 53 seats in the Senate.
President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can afford three defections on the President’s eventual Supreme Court nominee because Vice President Mike Pence can cast the 51st vote to break any ties.
If four Republicans defect, the nomination is dead.
Right off the bat, pro-abortion RINOs Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins announced their opposition to any vote before the election.
Democrats and the fake news media believed they could count on Mitt Romney to oppose President Trump’s nominee out of spite.
That left Democrats searching for one more Republican vote.
Colorado Senator Cory Gardner became the obvious choice.
In 2014, Gardner became the first Republican to win statewide in Colorado since 2004 as the state shifted steadily left as migration from California began to change the state’s electorate.
Gardner is facing a tough challenge from former two-term Democrat Governor John Hickenlooper and polls show Gardner is trailing.
Many in the fake news hoped that political environment would lead Gardner to stab Trump in the back and announce he would vote against the President’s Supreme Court nomination to show his “independence” to the left-leaning electorate in Colorado.
But the fake news once again proved they had no idea how politics works.
Even for establishment Republicans like Gardner, confirming conservative judges is a vote they must take.
Donors, interest groups and grassroots activists all expect Republicans to vote to confirm judges.
If a Republican senator cannot fulfill that basic function, they get replaced in a primary or voters sit home on Election Day.
Upon returning to Washington, Gardner released a statement announcing his intention to vote in favor of a qualified nominee put forth by the President.
“When a President exercises constitutional authority to nominate a judge for the Supreme Court vacancy, the Senate must decide how to best fulfill its constitutional duty of advice and consent,” Gardner explained.
“I have and will continue to support judicial nominees who will protect our Constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law. Should a qualified nominee who meets this criteria be put forward, I will vote to confirm,” Gardner added.
Gardner’s statement ended much of the drama surrounding the outcome of any vote Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scheduled on the nominee.
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