Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Trump to nominate Brett Kavanaugh again if his Supreme Court nomination gets voted down by the Senate.
Graham was quoted as saying:
Sen. Graham has made up his mind. “if his nomination were to fall short, I would encourage President Trump to re-nominate Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.”
— Rick Klein (@rickklein) October 2, 2018
John McCain Died And Took Lindsey Graham’s Brain With Him
Graham was suggesting that even if the Senate rejects Brett Kavanaugh‘s nomination, Trump should renominate the same guy that the Senate they didn’t want on the Supreme Court. Nominating Kavanaugh a second time would likely mean that he would get voted down a second time. It would accomplish nothing, and waste everyone’s time.
The fact that Graham is talking about Kavanaugh being rejected is a sure sign that Republicans still don’t have the votes to confirm Trump‘s nominee. If the Senate votes down Brett Kavanaugh‘s nomination, Republicans won’t have enough time to nominate another candidate for the Supreme Court vacancy before the midterm election.
The smartest thing that Republicans could do would be to have a “Plan B” candidate quickly ready to go. However, Trump signaled in his remarks to the press yesterday that there is no backup plan. The plan is to sink or swim with Kavanaugh and hope that Republicans keep the Senate in the midterm election.
Nominating Kavanaugh again is the dumbest idea possible, but it shows that without John McCain around, Sen. Lindsey Graham is out of his mind.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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