Heading into a test vote Friday morning, Republicans are worried they still don’t have enough votes to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to those familiar with the process.
Axios reported early Friday morning that four key senators — Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) — remain undecided.
According to a senior source, Kavanaugh’s confirmation process has felt like “walking on quicksand” due to all the drama surrounding the nominee.
> "There’s been a lot of work that was done today, by members wading through this material. I don’t want to put my thumb on the scale. Things keep moving — so much, it feels like we’re walking on quicksand. So I don’t even want to say confidence or not confidence."
> "Sometimes you just have to vote," the source added. "But what if ... something f—g happens in the morning? This whole process has just been ... so much drama, so many balls coming out at the last minute."
Kavanaugh took one last opportunity to defend himself Thursday night, writing an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal where he apologized for but defended his partisan behavior during last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.
"I Am an Independent, Impartial Judge: Yes, I was emotional last Thursday. I hope everyone can understand I was there as a son, husband and dad,” he wrote. "I might have been too emotional at times. I know that my tone was sharp, and I said a few things I should not have said."
> The piece looks wildly desperate. It's a sign of how worried Team Kavanaugh is that a Supreme Court nominee felt he had to publish a last-minute op-ed to promise he’s not going to be emotional, but rather an independent, impartial Supreme Court justice.
Republicans had scheduled the test vote for 10:30 a.m. Friday.