Quipping that "being lectured by Democrats about how to handle judicial nominations is like an arsonist advising the Fire Department," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has signaled to his Democrat colleagues that they are now seeing consequences of their treatment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.
Democrats in the Senate have spent the last several days searching for Republican senators who might consider joining them in opposing President Trump's coming replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
With Republicans holding a 53-47 numerical advantage in the Senate, as well as the potential tie-breaking vote of Vice President Mike Pence, Democrats would essentially need four Republican senators to break with the president's pick. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have said they are unwilling to confirm a replacement before the election.
One of those Democrats hoped to sway was retiring Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). But, with the vocal approval of Graham, Alexander recently announced his intent to support the nomination.