Lisa Murkowski, a Republican Senator Who Is Tired of Winning

On Saturday, October 6, 2018, at 4:01 pm, the calendar marked another glorious day for President Trump. The US Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court with a 50-48 vote. Kavanaugh is the second conservative justice nominated by the president after only two years in office, after Neil Gorsuch, who took the oath of office on April 10, 2017. One Republican senator, Steve Daines (from Montana), who supported Kavanaugh’s nomination, was absent during the voting (due to his daughter’s wedding), and another Republican senator, Lisa Murkowski (from Alaska), although she opposed the nomination, voted “present” so the two votes would be cancelled out and the balance of the vote would be retained.

The confirmation margin of only two votes is the closest successful confirmation vote of a Supreme Court nominee since Stanley Matthews’ 24-23 confirmation in 1881.

Later on the evening, Justice Kavanaugh was sworn in as the 114th Justice of the Supreme Court.

The reason Kavanaugh didn’t get more votes is because the American society is now divided more than ever. The crazy Left tried desperately, and unsuccessfully, to make Kavanaugh, a judge with impeccable family and professional credentials, the poster boy of the gang rapists of the country. The Democrats and the media brought a cavalcade of unimaginable accusations from a series of women, counseled by Democrat lawyers, who swore they were “one hundred percent sure” the judge “raped” and even “tried to kill” them, but they were not one hundred percent sure of the exact time, place, and way the alleged actions were committed, nor of other possible witnesses who could confirm their allegations. All what the media, politicians and activists of the Left were screaming about was that the women were “credible” (with no corroborating evidence) and that “all men should shut up.”

In the end, and fortunately, common sense triumphed and defeated the organized campaign of libel and smear. For a happy end though, all the people involved in public defamation and slander should be held legally accountable, so that public hysteria episodes of this magnitude should never happen again.

Although this brilliant victory didn’t come easily for President Trump, it will have effects both in the short and long terms.

In the short term, Kavanaugh’s confirmation has substantially energized the conservative base for the November 6, 2018 midterm elections, unified the Republican Party (Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake, Susan Collins were not Trump’s ardent fans) and attracted even moderate Democrats (Joe Manchin).

In the long term, President Trump has secured a 5-4 majority of Supreme Court conservative justices for a long time, since Brett Kavanaugh is only 53 years old.

Later in that evening, before going to a Topeka, Kansas rally, President Trump said to the press that “Justice Kavanaugh will serve in the Supreme Court for a long time.”

Watch my favorite (not Christine Blasey, but Harrison) Ford version of Democrats with Kavanaugh in the Supreme Court HERE.

I must also say that President Trump’s victory lap rally in Topeka, Kansas, held only a few hours after Kavanaugh’s confirmation, literally shut off the CNN’s pundits evening show (which I was watching alternatively with Fox News Channel, for entertainment). Thus, between 9:00 pm on Saturday night and 4:00 am on Sunday morning, CNN simply played “Anthony Bourdain Parts” reruns.

During the same Kansas rally, President Trump reiterated that “the only reason to vote Democrat is if you are tired of winning” and that “we are going to win, win, and win!”

This brings me to Lisa Murkowski. Murkowski is a US Senator from Alaska, a state for which Trump administration has brought millions of dollars by allowing oil and gas drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). And how does this NeverTrumper so-called conservative show her gratitude? She decides to be the only Republican senator to vote against Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

In her own words: “ Mr. President, I think we saw from the vote earlier today, we’ve seen from statements from several of our colleagues that it does appear that Judge Kavanaugh will be seated on the Supreme Court, without my vote [emphasis added]. […] I believe that Judge Kavanaugh is a good man. He’s a good man. He’s clearly a learned judge, but in my conscience, because that’s how I have to vote at the end of the day, with my conscience, I could not conclude that he is the right person for the court at this time.”

In translation: “Now, that I know that my colleagues, Republican Susan Collins and Democrat Joe Manchin announced that they would vote for confirmation, I can show President Trump how much I dislike him and how much I’d rather prefer to lose against him than to win with him.”

In that evening, when Murkowski delivered her half-an-hour speech, the chamber was nearly empty and no one applauded.

I guess Lisa Murkowski has been tired of so much winning with President Trump. Hopefully, her Alaskan voters will also vote with their conscience, and put her to rest in 2022, when her term expires. A first warning came already from Sarah Palin: “I can see 2022 from my house.”

After all, you cannot win re-elections with write-in campaigns and under 50 percent forever.

 

NOTE – A version of the article was published in MEDIUM.

 

TIBERIU DIANU has published several books and a host of articles in law, politics, and post-communist societies. He currently lives and works in Washington, DC and can be followed on MEDIUM.

 

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3 comments to Lisa Murkowski, a Republican Senator Who Is Tired of Winning

  • MARCELA DESCULTU

    The article shows the value of President Trump who, after only two years in office, has succeeded in appointing two conservative judges to the Supreme Court.The last appointment, Brett Kavanaugh, was a successful one, the judge being an impeccable professional.

  • MARCELA DESCULTU

    The Left tried desperately to prevent Kavanaugh’s confirmation, but it did not have the necessary power, because professionalism always prevails. All kinds of unsubstantiated accusations, not related to any specific time or place, followed, showing the Democrats’ great despair for loss of power, which now has been revealed. In the end, common sense prevailed.

  • MARCELA DESCULTU

    This brilliant victory of President Trump, Kavanaugh’s confirmation, did not come easily, but it shall have important effects. The Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska decided to cast a vote against the President’s choice. She was probably too tired of the president’s series of successes. But in spite of all the opposition, the vote passed successfully.

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