Sen. Lisa Murkowski (RINO — Alaska) stood out today as the only Republican Senator to vote “No” on cloture for Kavanaugh and promised to vote against his nomination on the final vote as well. Even Sen. Collins and Sen. Flake, who garnered all the media attention in recent days, voted “Yes” for cloture. As much flack as Collins and Flake have gotten, at least when the chips were down, they did the right thing. Not Murkowski though!
Despite coming from a severely conservative state, she spit in the face of her voters. Polling is clear. Kavanaugh has united the GOP for the first time since 2015. Murkowski’s voters want Kavanaugh, but Murkowski is such a socially liberal harpy that she refuses to listen.
It doesn’t matter to her that Judge Kavanaugh is highly qualified. It doesn’t matter that he has been smeared. It doesn’t matter that her job is “advice and consent”. She still opposes him. She doesn’t seem to realize that she’s not the President of the United States.
She couches her vote in high-minded terms, but the truth would seem to be more aligned with her desire to keep certain left-wing social policies engrained in the Supreme Court’s stare decisis.
So she admits Kavanaugh is a good man, unfairly attacked. But allegations alone are good enough to disqualify a nominee in Murkowski’s eyes. Even if she thinks he’s innocent, she wants to punish him anyway. I guess the left-wing social agenda is more important than “innocent until proven guilty”. Okay, now I got it!
Murkowski needs to suffer the consequences of her decision. This nomination is too important to the future of this country and the future of the GOP. She cannot walk away scot-free. Waiting until 2022 when she’s up for re-election is waiting too long. Voters simply won’t remember.
Her position as Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee should be stripped. This leadership post is incredibly important to her. As you may have heard, oil and natural resources are important to Alaska, so this chairmanship helps her hold onto her Senate seat there. It gives her credibility that she can deliver goodies for her state. Taking away her chairmanship takes away her influence and weakens her grip on power. That will hurt more than anything!
We always hear Senate GOP leadership complain that it is too hard to get anything done. Conservatives are criticized for expecting too much. Well, nothing gets done, because there’s no discipline. The only people ever punished are conservatives who try to follow through on their campaign promises. Meanwhile, RINOs like Murkowski do whatever they want. It’s time that the liberal Republicans feel some pain from leadership too.
So if this confirmation vote is as important as McConnell claims, it’s time for him to start earning his nickname “Cocaine Mitch.”