They don’t have the votes. And they know it.
McConnell has schedule the cloture vote for today because if he hadn’t, there’d be another weekend story from Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, more classmates interviewed, more op-eds from classmates who saw Kavanaugh black out, more time for FBI agents prevented from interviewing material witnesses to come forward.
They were rushing to a vote two weeks ago, and they’re rushing to a vote now. They know time isn’t on their side and neither is sunlight. They’re rushing to a vote because they know their chances only get worse with every passing hour. Even if they do get cloture today, they’re deathly afraid of a McCain style defection on the final vote tomorrow.
This panic is why Orrin Hatch is darting into elevators to hide behind security and yell at women to “grow up”. This is why all the old men in the Republcan party are yelling GET OFF MY LAWN and calling protesters asking they take sexual assault allegations seriously “a mob”. Most of us look at Hatch and his compatriots and what we see is a bunch of out of touch politicians with “medieval attitudes towards women”. That’s not me, that’s Hatch’s hometown newspaper the Salt Lake Tribune:
The despicable attack launched by Sen. Orrin Hatch and the Senate Judiciary Committee — more precisely, the Republicans on that committee — on one of the women who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault is a textbook example of why more victims do not come forward.