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Judge Kavanaugh Only on the Facts

There have been more pleasant times in history to be a U.S. senator. Just ask Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

Every member of the Senate is under pressure regarding the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. A vote on him will be held this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has promised.

Manchin is being pressed more severely than most senators, because he is known as a moderate Democrat. Republicans who want Kavanaugh nominated hope to persuade Manchin to vote with them. Democrat leaders are eager to convince him to vote against the nominee.

This week, the heat was ratcheted up. A group of women bitterly opposed to Kavanaugh invaded Manchin’s campaign office in Charleston. They demanded a commitment from the senator to vote against Kavanaugh and refused to leave until they got it.

After several hours, police were called. They arrested nine women, charging them with trespassing.

Manchin is up for re-election this year. He is being opposed by state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. “Vote with West Virginia women or we will vote you out,” was printed on signs some of the women in the senator’s office carried.

On Tuesday, Manchin issued a statement on the matter. “My heart goes out to the brave survivors who have the courage to come forward and share their story,” he said of women who have been victimized by sexual predators.

“I will continue to listen to all West Virginians on the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh,” Manchin stated.

Then, he added what simply must be the key to the controversy for every senator: “… I will look at the facts and my decision will be based on the facts,” Manchin emphasized.

Precisely. No one can say with certainty what the outcome of an FBI investigation into allegations against Kavanaugh will be.

But regardless of how much pressure is mounted against Manchin — and other senators — what they know about Kavanaugh by the end of the week needs to be the only yardstick they use as they sit in judgment on him.

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