Article by Bryan Howard
December 4, 2018
Democrat Clair McCaskill is regretting the way Democrats treated Brett Kavanugh in his confirmation hearings. McCaskill lost her Senate seat this November believes Democrats mishandled the Brett Kavanaugh situation. soon to be former Senator of Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill claimed, “There were mistakes made by my party in terms of how that was handled.” She made this statement in an interview with Rachel Martin of NPR.
McCaskill is not blaming her vote against Brett Kavanaugh for why she lost, but she is blaming the false uncorroborated story of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh. She believes Americans did not like the image of how Democrats attacked Brett Kavanaugh at the last moment with a story that was suspicious timing.
McCaskill stated, “I don’t think my vote [against Kavanaugh] hurt me as much as the spectacle that occurred. There were mistakes made by my party in terms of how that was handled. I don’t think that communication [from Christine Blasey Ford] to the judiciary committee should have been kept private as long as it was. The FBI deals with a lot of confidential information, and that would have absolved [judiciary committee ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein] of the very real perception that this was an 11th-hour attempt to gut a guy.”
McCaskill is accurate that the way Kavanaugh was handled played a larger role than her vote did for her failed reelection bid. The state of Missouri is a red state that did not appreciate the clearly false allegations against Brett Kavanaugh in an attempt for Democrats to destroy his nomination. It would not have mattered if Claire McCaskill voted yes for Brett Kavanaugh because the fact she was part of the party being evil she was going to be facing the consequences.
It is arguable if she voted yes her chances of winning reelection would have increased, but it would have been unlikely she won.