In the wake of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, the big question has been: Do the Republicans have enough people to push through a SCOTUS vote on President Donald Trump’s nomination?
So, the question was of the 53 Republicans, what were the folks who have flipped on issues in the middle thinking?
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) said Friday before Ginsburg’s death last night that she, Murkowski wasn’t going to vote on a nominee until after the election.
Now, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has weighed in and said that she thinks that the next SCOTUS nominee should be made by whoever is elected president on Nov. 3.
“In fairness to the American people, who will either be re-electing the president or selecting a new one, the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the president who is elected on November 3rd,” Collins said in a statement Saturday.
Collins is facing a tough re-election fight in a Democratic-leaning state in part because of her voting in favor of Trump’s last court pick, Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Republicans can give three in order and still get the SCOTUS nomination through but obviously it would be better to hold onto as many as you can.
Just a reminder: GOP can lose Murkowski, Romney AND Collins and still confirm a SCOTUS nomination. . . Pence would be 51st vote.
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) September 19, 2020
McConnell may have figured out he has enough and given her license to go rogue. But we wouldn’t know that until we hear formally from folks like Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT).
Mitt Romney’s spokesperson adamantly denied rumors that he would hold off.
— Liz Johnson (@LJ0hnson) September 19, 2020
So, hopefully everyone else holds on and they have it.