Opponents vow Sen. Collins will pay price for Kavanaugh vote


Protesters rallied against Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday as the Senate voted to confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.

And on the far-right fringes of the Internet, where Kavanaugh has become a symbol of things he says he abhors, his ascension was greeted with open declarations of misogyny.

"The Senate's not broken, and we didn't attack Merrick Garland's background and try to destroy him", McConnell averred.

Picking up the pieces after a contentious nomination battle, the Senate's majority leader said Sunday that the chamber won't be irreparably damaged by the wrenching debate over sexual misconduct that has swirled around new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Some 164 people were arrested, most for demonstrating on the Capitol steps, 14 for disrupting the Senate's roll call vote. The two-vote margin made it the closest confirmation vote since 1881. "It treated serious allegations as a nuisance to be sidestepped rather than a call to investigate seriously".

Shortly before the vote, Trump said Kavanaugh "will be a great justice of the Supreme Court".

That cloud stems from allegations of sexual assault and other inappropriate behavior by Kavanaugh while he was in high school and college, along with his politically charged testimony that labeled the look into his past a political hit job by Democrats.

In Washington, President Donald Trump said Saturday that he thought Collins was "incredible" and that she "gave an impassioned, handsome speech".

With Vice President Mike Pence presiding in the long-shot case his tie-breaking vote was needed, the Senate on Saturday started voting on Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation at 3:43 p.m.

Ford testified in the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh had drunkenly attacked her at a party when they were teenagers in the early 1980s. "I will move on that and I think that all the victims, they need - we need to help all the victims no matter what kind of abuse they had, but I am against any kind of abuse or violence", the first lady said.

Political strategists in both parties suggest the GOP's enthusiastic embrace of Kavanaugh despite the allegations may have shifted the political landscape - at least temporarily - by injecting new energy into the most passionate Republican voters a month before the election.

But Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, claimed the confrontation would turn out to his party's advantage.

Reflecting the depth of Democratic anger, Senator Richard Blumenthal tweeted on Saturday that the Republicans had confirmed "a risky & deeply flawed nominee only by breaking all the rules & norms".

Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, which contributes to female Democratic candidates, assailed the confirmation of "an alleged sexual assailant and anti-choice radical to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court".

"Manchin is still a Democrat and we're trying to hold onto our majority", he said.

Despite the widespread anger, Collins reiterated during the interview with CNN's Dana Bash that she supported the nomination of Kavanaugh because there was no corroborating evidence to go with Christine Blasey Ford's allegations. Kavanaugh was confirmed Saturday 50-48. "And I know it for a fact because I spoke with her, she didn't stop".

Trump will host Kavanaugh at the White House for a public swearing-in ceremony on Monday, following Saturday's formal oath-taking at the high court.

"One can only hope that the Kavanaugh nomination is where the process has finally hit rock-bottom", said Sen.

"You can't be a professional woman, even today, whether it's in law, in medicine, in any field, without having a moment where someone is going to treat you differently because you're a woman", said Sotomayor, CBS News reported. "I don't know. I don't know".