Kavanaugh Aftermath: The Battle for the Court Is Now the Battle for the Ballot
- On this vote the aye'sare 50, the nays are 48.
- And with that Brett Kavanaugh becomes
the 114th Justice of theUnited States Supreme Court.
But the bitter battleleading to that confirmation
has consequences forthe midterms and beyond.
With protests and sexualassault allegations,
Kavanaugh's confirmation camedown to a handful of senators.
The pivotal vote, Susan Collins of Maine
who thought Kavanaugh should withdraw
after hearing Dr.Christine Ford's testimony.
- But then when he came backwith such a forceful denial
and the anger and anguish that he showed
and then the lack of corroboration
led me back to the fundamental issues
that are fundamental to our legal system,
a presumption of innocence.
- [Amber] The backlashfrom Collin's decision
is yet to be seen.
Although she's not upfor reelection this year,
a site raising money forher 2020 challenger crashed
after the announcement.
So far it's raised more than $3.5 million.
While the GOP won the confirmation battle,
both sides are determined to win the war
for the control of Congress.
Republicans say the democrats' tactics
are reigniting theparty ahead of midterms.
- We have been energized,we have been energized.
- The tactics that have been employed
both by Judiciary Committee,democratic senators
and by the virtual mobthat's assaulted all of us
in the course of this processhas turned our base on fire.
- [Amber] Democrats say the anger seen
by scores of protesters on the Hill,
many of which are women willhave a long term impact.
- Innocent people weresitting in the Senate
that they reelected whoare making these decisions
and they're gonna go to the polls
and they're gonna vote differently.
- [Amber] While some democrats
including Congressman Jerry Nadler
toyed with the idea of investigating
and possibly impeaching Kavanaugh
should the democrats take the House,
others say the parties shouldbe focused on the election
and healing the divide.
- The Senate's role in our politics
is not to just reflect the country
but to help heal and lead the country
and that's the course we should be on.
- Now Kavanaugh will attenda swearing in ceremony Monday
at the White House with President Trump
and his first vote couldcome as early as Tuesday.
Amber Strong, CBN News, Washington.