Senator Joe Manchin was asked about the pressure that Chuck Schumer is expected to put on Democrats running for reelection to the Senate from Red states in order to get them to vote against confirming Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. It could be suicide for any of those senators if they vote no. And to what advantage? If they lose their seats, Republicans will have an even larger majority in the Senate than they have right now. Not many Senators are willing to give up their seats for a very temporary win. Manchin is not alone in this.
“I’ll be 71 years old in August, you’re going to whip me? Kiss my you know what.”
Schumer and other Democrats are trying block the Kavanaugh nomination — in large part because they believe he would potentially vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and other health care policies, according to The Hill.
Schumer and the rest of leadership plan to put pressure on vulnerable Democratic senators from Republican or right-leaning swing states because these individuals more often vote independently and tread carefully in hopes of holding onto their seat, according to Politico.
To be successful, Schumer is going to need all Senate Democrats to vote no and a moderate Republican — like Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski or Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins — to follow suit, according to Time. The two senators are supportive of abortion rights.
“I’m going to vote the way I’m going to vote regardless of what the leader says,” said North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, according to Politico.
For Schumer to be successful in stopping Kavanaugh, he needs all 49 Democrats and Independent Senators that caucus with them, plus at least one moderate Republican to join him. The odds are very much against him.