Thoughts & Essays

Brett Kavanaugh passes cloture vote, heads on to confirmation vote.

Okay, folks. The Senate voted on the cloture motion this morning and it passed, which was expected so don’t panic or anything. This is not carved in stone.

Let me say that again: Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation is not carved in stone. It is not a sure thing. Republicans would like you to think it is, but there are still unconfirmed votes out there.

Call your senators, people. Especially, especially if your senator is Jeff Flake, Joe Manchin, Susan Collins or Lisa Murkowski. If one of these guys belongs to you, you must bring an unbearable amount of pressure down on them.

UPDATE (1:50 p.m.)

Senators Manchin, Collins and Flake have all said they’re voting to confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, which gives Republicans the votes they need. Barring some sort of miracle, Kavanaugh’s getting confirmed.

The next fight happens at the state level, folks. We’re going to need to pass state legislation to protect abortion rights, other women’s rights, and protections for non-white people and the LGBT+ community. It’s time to take a look at who represents you at the state level and work to turn your local and state governments blue.

(I mean, you should have already been doing that, but people get caught up in the federal level stuff.)

In case you feel like unleashing your rage upon the Republicans like a fountain of fiery bees from your mouth: