Senate Lader Mitch McConnell might be blaming Democrats for "obstruction," but he likely lacks the votes in his own party to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, since the GOP has the majority. While many schooled McConnell during his floor speech Monday, it was Fox News reporter Chad Pergram who voiced the opinion and was quickly denounced by Donald Trump's supporters.
"Kavanaugh nomination is in trouble. That's why McConnell made [a] blistering speech today. Baseball teams mail it in once they are out of pennant race. McConnell trying to get GOPers to run out out [sic] every ground ball in effort to salvage nomination. Kavanaugh lacks the votes right now," Pergram tweeted Monday night.
Forging ahead w/a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh, even if he's rejected, could HELP GOPers. Could be tactic to get… https://t.co/xPNeYI6Rc5— Chad Pergram (@Chad Pergram)1537833524.0
Oddly, he went on to say that a vote for Kavanaugh could help Republicans rather than hurt them.
"Forging ahead [with] a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh, even if he's rejected, could HELP GOPers. Could be tactic to get moderate Dems facing tough re-elections on the record on Kavanaugh. Was part of GOP original playbook w/Kavanaugh going into the midterms," he tweeted.
Even if Kavanaugh lacks the votes for confirmation, McConnell could weaponize vote against Manchin/Heitkamp/Donnell… https://t.co/wv643NVlqS— Chad Pergram (@Chad Pergram)1537833582.0
While he might be correct about shoring up the GOP base, Kavanaugh's poll numbers have already slipped 5 percent in less than a month, according to a Fox News poll. Those voters were polled prior to the new accusations that surfaced at the end of last week.
Support for Republicans, Trump and Kavanaugh have already plummeted with college-educated women and suburban women. Voting against these women could be political suicide in many Congressional districts. If Kavanaugh is rammed through the Senate while Democrats stand up for the rights of sexual assault survivors, it could also pave the way for them to impeach Kavanaugh when they take over power.
There's also an opportunity for an ambitious District Attorney or prosecutor to file charges against Kavanaugh given there is no statute of limitations on such crimes in the state of Maryland.
Trump supporters let Pergram what they thought of his assessment quickly by issuing threats that any Republican who voted against Kavanaugh would be looking for a primary opponent or a new job. The primary elections are already over, however.
You can see some of the tweets below:
@hlb54 @ChadPergram If he had the votes today, wouldn’t he vote today? Just a thought.— Jeffrey Bergman (@Jeffrey Bergman)1537834988.0
@ChadPergram Really? Let me tell you who else is in trouble. Any Republican Senator who doesn’t vote for him. You can take that to the bank.— Sam DeMarco (@Sam DeMarco)1537834159.0
@ChadPergram @NoahCRothman I would expect that any GOP senator who balks will face a very serious primary challenge— Tim Ryan (@Tim Ryan)1537834183.0
@Ohiocigar @ChadPergram They aren't gonna say that and cause division when there is still time to change people's minds.— 🕊Scout (@🕊Scout)1537835563.0
@ChadPergram @BretBaier Any Republican that votes ‘no’ will be looking for a new job!— Mike Grossimon (@Mike Grossimon)1537835182.0
@ChadPergram He better get the votes or kiss November goodbye— Bill Tsamis (@Bill Tsamis)1537834844.0
@ChadPergram @BretBaier If he is not confirmed, then this country will be considered third world in terms of political integrity.— Jim (@Jim)1537835784.0
Another person called the baseball analogy into question because of the successes of the Washington Nationals this season.
@ChadPergram @tamarakeithNPR Bad analogy. The Washington Nationals aren't mailing anything in.— Dr. David Gaines Ⓥ ✊🌹🎼🏑⚾🏀 (@Dr. David Gaines Ⓥ ✊🌹🎼🏑⚾🏀)1537835331.0