The notion that it is “too late” to investigate was Chuck “I am NOT a nail’ Grassley’s mantra yesterday.
He sat on Merrick Garland’s nomination for 400 days.
So, you know, the sense of urgency is real for him.
Anyway, Tiger Beat on the Potomac morning email thingie gives us the process for voting on Kavanaugh:
— TODAY: THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE VOTES … The 11-to-10 panel that questioned KAVANAUGH and CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD will vote him up or down this morning around 9:30 a.m. The only wild card is FLAKE. REMEMBER: Even if the Judiciary Committee votes him down, SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL (R-KY.) can still bring his nomination to the floor.
— SATURDAY: The Senate will hold a procedural vote around noon on Kavanaugh’s nomination. That needs to pass with 51 votes — VP MIKE PENCE would break any tie. This is where Collins and Murkowski come into play. Democratic Sens. JOE DONNELLY (IND.) and JOE MANCHIN (W.VA.)have signaled they’re still mulling which way to vote.
— MONDAY AND TUESDAY: Should Kavanaugh get past Saturday, the Senate will vote on cloture Monday and have a final vote for his confirmation Tuesday.
ONE FOR ALL AND ALL FOR ONE: BURGESS EVERETT (@burgessev):“Donnelly, Manchin, Murkowski and Collins are all expected to vote the same way, per senators and aides.”
MCCONNELL’S LINE: “It would be imprudent, unfair, and unjust to delay proceedings even further on the basis of uncorroborated allegations which have been weaponized by others at the last minute for political purposes.
“I am glad Chairman Grassley has scheduled a committee vote for tomorrow. I will be proud to vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh when the full Senate votes on his nomination in the coming days.”