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Brett Kavanaugh Sworn In as 114th Supreme Court Justice

08 October 2018
Brett Kavanaugh Sworn In as 114th Supreme Court Justice

In a season defined by enough-is-enough female energy - along with white male rage and aggrievement that is stomping back to 2016 levels - the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings were explosive on all fronts.

But after an 11th-hour investigation by the FBI into the allegations, enough wavering senators chose to back the nomination.

Ahead of the Senate vote, protesters vented their rage on the steps of the US Capitol.

McConnell said the confirmation fight had energized Republican voters and he praised GOP senators, who he said had "stood up to the mob" in favor of the "presumption of innocence". Protesters have gathered there too to continue the demonstrations. They said he also seemed too ready to rule for Trump in a possible federal court case against the president.

President Trump said during a press conference on board Air Force One on Saturday that he is "100%" certain that Ford named the wrong person.

The outcome, telegraphed Friday when the final undeclared senators revealed their views, was devoid of the shocks that had come nearly daily since Christine Blasey Ford said last month that an inebriated Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a 1982 high school get-together.

So what were the numbers in the Senate?

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski was the only Republican to break ranks in Friday's cloture vote. He urged Kansas voters to send Republicans to Congress. And the political headwinds from the Kavanaugh confirmation are unlikely to blow in just one direction.

Demonstrators downtown said the selection process and decision to appoint Kavanaugh is biased against women.

In their final summations, the two Senate party leaders reflected how bitter the divide had become.

"This is a a good day for America and an important day for the Senate".

Trump also revealed that he believes a rally speech in which he mocked Christine Blasey Ford's Senate testimony had been a turning point for the nomination.

She acknowledged the anguish of the protesters who interrupted the historic Senate vote, telling reporters afterwards: "I was closing my eyes and praying - praying for them, praying for us and praying for the country".

"What moved me ... was a sense of outrage and frustration that somebody who fashions herself a moderate centrist, and somebody who cares for equal rights and LGBT rights and Roe v Wade and all of this stuff, could in a very political fashion not just decide to vote for Kavanaugh but do it in a fashion that was quite dismissive of the concerns of many Americans and many Mainers", Rice said. "Devastating miscarriage of justice", said Bill Evans.

"This wasn't going to get any better", McConnell said.

Trump remains the fall campaign's biggest wildcard. "It has been made worst by what has happened to Judge Kavanaugh".

In the Senate chamber, the vote was disrupted on several occasions by angry protests from the gallery. "It is, I have to admit, a great sense of accomplishment here".

He's never testified before a Senate committee, he's never sat on an appellate court bench and he's never been confirmed to the Supreme Court, but Brett Kavanagh has had a rough couple of weeks.

Now that the bombs have been thrown, it's time to assess the fallout.

It has the ultimate say on such contentious issues as abortion and gun control. The court's two oldest justices are Democratic appointees: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 85 and Stephen Breyer is 80.

The narrow Republican majority in the Senate almost unanimously supported his appointment to become the country's 114th Supreme Court justice while all but one Democratic lawmaker opposed his nomination. Mr Trump's choice of Neil Gorsuch strengthened the conservative leaning. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.