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Graham Says Trump Has The Votes To Confirm Supreme Court Nominee Before Election Day

Nominee will be announced Saturday and Romney is on board.

The news on the Ginsburg replacement seat is flowing this Tuesday, as players on all sides take to the field. But the tide is going for the president and the Republicans, as major developments unfold. Those developments are: Senator Lindsey Graham, R-SC, saying the GOP has the votes to confirm before Election Day, Romney is surprisingly on board with the president, and the announcement of the nominee will be made Saturday from the White House. Current smart money has flipped to Judge Amy Coney Barrett from Judge Barbara Lagoa.

First, Graham. He told Hannity Monday night that Senate Republicans have enough votes to confirm a replacement before the Nov. 3 election. Graham added that Trump’s nominee, “will be supported by every Republican in the Judiciary Committee.

“We’ve got the votes to confirm the judge, the justice on the floor of the Senate before the election and that’s what’s coming…It’s pretty obvious that if they [Democrats] want an outcome, they’ll just destroy anybody’s life to keep the seats open,” Graham told the Fox News anchor. Graham’s strength and determination brought thuggish action from the Left.

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But Graham will not be deterred, “After Kavanaugh, everything changed with me. They are not going to intimidate me, [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell, or anybody else…They said they tried to destroy Brett Kavanaugh so they could fill the seat — they were dumb enough to say that. I’ve seen this movie before. It’s not going to work, it didn’t work with Kavanaugh…We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election. We’re going to move forward in the committee, we’re going to report the nomination out of the committee to the floor of the United States Senate so we can vote before the election. Now, that’s the constitutional process.” His courage here will also help him in his senate fight in South Carolina. He is expected to win anyway, but the Democrat challenge is a strong one.

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Also on Monday, Trump critic and general RINO Senator Mitt Romney, R-UT, has said he will consider the Trump nominee. Which means he will vote for her. That means only two Republican defections so far, giving the GOP 51 votes, not counting any Democrat crossovers, when they only need 50 and Pence to win the fight. Why did Romney do it?  He’s seen as a serious RINO, even in Utah, and that could draw a strong primary challenger. So he may be covering his tail on this one. There is the slight possibility he recognizes the gravity of the situation and he’s acting honorably. He could theoretically consider the nominee and vote against her, but that would be suicide for him. And it must be granted, he usually votes with the GOP senate majority. Graham probably knew of Romney’s decision, hence his confidence. So, score one for Romney and the president.

Given a weekend meeting at the White House and DC vibrations, Judge Amy Coney Barrett seems to be the favorite again. The choice will be announced Saturday from the White House. Expect senate confirmation hearings to begin soon, perhaps before the first presidential debate.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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