Axios susses out what happens if Kavanaugh goes down in flames (emphasis mine):
“Politically, I think they would rather keep it 4-4 rather than put somebody acceptable on the court,” the source added. “He [Trump] needs to run on polarization and the court in 2020.”
So, he would Merrick Garland himself and play victim for 2 years? (if Bork can become a verb, Garland can too!)
One of Trump’s most trusted advisers told me he’d counsel Trump that if Democrats win the Senate, under no circumstances should he nominate a compromise candidate.
A senior administration official close to the process told me: “A 4-4 tie is a conservative win. Not as much as a 5-4 majority, but it takes constitutional interpretation out of D.C.”
Sweet Jeebus, the lengths that Possum Hollar is willing to go to make a Lib cry includes hurting the country.
And a White House official told me Trump has made clear he’d nominate somebody in Kavanaugh’s judicial mold no matter what happens in the midterms. “He sees it as a fundamental promise,” the official told me. “They [Democrats] are not going to be rewarded for this. He’s not going to undercut allies and reward enemies.”