I get the fact that the Republican base must be fed their diet of ‘everything looking rosy this morning on the Titanic”. But the mature politicians and head-counters in the Senate know the Brett Kavanaugh nomination fight is now mortally wounded. The path to 51 votes is now so impossible that it all comes down to how to dump the mess. At this point the splash-back will be significant for conservatives. But to pretend there is a path for confirmation at this point will only lead their base–who are not politically mature or head-counters–to be even more outraged when the deed is done.
I am keeping my eyes on Senate Majority Leader McConnell because whether the allegations are proven or not, I tend to think he believes this vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh has become too politically toxic for Republican senators. He wants a conservative Supreme Court. But he also wants his chamber Republican controlled. Another nominee and another vote will be able to secure both of his desires. I think McConnell will work to nudge Kavanaugh out.