Brett Kavanaugh

During Kavanaugh Chaos, A Kind Deed Shines on Senate Floor

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Our nation has been thrust into an ugly situation, where unverified allegations of sexual assault are the focus.

Should these allegations be enough to preclude someone from a job, even if that job is one of the most important in all of the free world?  Or does the burden of proof lie with the accuser?  After all, “innocent until proven guilty” has been our creed in this nation since its very inception…at least on paper.

These questions may take time to answer, and the wounds created over the course of the last few weeks may take some time to heal, but there is at least some decency left in the world of political strife, as evidenced by Lisa Murkowski.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said Friday that she intends to vote “present” on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, so that Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., can attend his daughter’s wedding — avoiding the need for a frantic flight to D.C. for the father of the bride.

Daines will walk his daughter down the aisle in Montana on Saturday, shortly before the crucial Senate vote to confirm Kavanaugh to the nation’s highest court. Republicans appear to have the votes to confirm Kavanaugh, but the confirmation will come down to perhaps one or two key votes.

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Daines, who has said he will vote “yes” to confirm Kavanaugh, was preparing to hop on a plane — offered by longtime family friend and colleague Rep. Greg Gianforte — after his daughter’s vows to be able to fly back to Washington to cast a deciding vote if necessary.

But Murkowski said she is a “no” on the nomination but will “pair” her vote with Daines and be marked “present” instead, meaning that Daines can remain at the wedding and not have to rush back.

Representative Susan Collins’ very public and longwinded decision yesterday to vote “yes” on Judge Kavanaugh drew the extreme ire of the radical left.  Perhaps Murkowski can avoid a similar fate in this pairing scheme as well.

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