Kavanaugh Vote Inches Forward Despite ACLU Ad Campaign

This morning, the U.S. Senate voted 51–49 to proceed to an up-or-down vote to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) began a more than $1 million television advertising campaign against his confirmation, lumping Kavanaugh in with others accused of sexual misconduct such as Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, and Matt Lauer. The ads targeted Republicans Cory Gardner of Colorado, Deb Fischer of Nebraska, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, as well as Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. The broadcast ads launched Monday and were to be aired through the rest of the week. The ACLU also utilized phone banks and congressional office visits.

Whether that specific campaign was successful cannot be said, but Republican Murkowski voted against proceeding and Democrat Manchin voted to proceed. Whether this reflects their votes on the confirmation motion itself is unknown.

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