Ms. Murkowski’s stance against voting ahead of the November elections was remarkable, especially given the signals from the White House that the government hopes to nominate someone for the position in the coming days. Ms. Murkowski made sure that her position was retained from 2016, but several other Republicans who refused to approve Merrick B. Garland, President Obama’s election for the Scalia post, are now arguing that the Senate should vote on that Confirm President Trump’s candidate. Several looked for allegations of hypocrisy on Sunday.
“What we’re proposing is completely consistent, completely consistent with the precedent,”
However, it remains unclear whether Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, will vote on a Supreme Court candidate before November, despite vowing Friday that the Senate would vote on Mr Trump’s candidate.
Since Ms. Murkowski and Ms. Collins both publicly object to such a schedule, Mr. McConnell can only afford to lose the support of two other Republican senators. And Mr McConnell, who is standing for re-election, is aware of the tough races some of its members face and how such a political struggle could further shake up voters. He had gone so far as to encourage members to “keep their powder dry” when asked about an open position.
There were lingering signs that the looming affirmation battle was motivating Democratic donors: ActBlue, the donation processing site, announced on Sunday that small donors had contributed $ 100 million since Friday night.
Ms. Collins is embroiled in the toughest race of her political career, but Ms. Murkowski won’t stand for re-election until 2022. She has shown few concerns in the past about breaking with her party, even if it means the wrath of the president. On Sunday morning, Mr. Trump focused on her again and mockingly tweeted “No thanks!” after the Alaska Chamber invited people to attend an upcoming forum with Ms. Murkowski.