Anything other than confirming Brett Kavanaugh would cost the GOP many votes from their supporters, argues Michael Graham for Inside Sources. Many conservative outlets and people have voiced that they will not vote for Republicans during the midterms if they abandon Kavanaugh. The allegations against him, while serious, do not provide enough evidence to prevent his Supreme Court appointment. Unlike GOP leaders, President Trump is channeling the voice of the people by standing strong with Kavanaugh. Every vote will be needed during the midterms, when turnout is already low. Republicans can’t afford not to confirm Kavanaugh.
The Republicans' best solution for the Kavanaugh issue would be for the Supreme Court nominee to step down himself, and fast, holds Nate Silver of Five Thirty Eight. The sooner he withdraws, the sooner Republicans can bring in another, more qualified candidate. Confirming him anyway is not a viable strategy. The allegations against Kavanaugh are too potent. Even if he were to get the needed votes, more accusations surfacing after his appointment could be immensely damaging to the GOP. Republican Senators could see their re-election prospects diminish if they confirm an unreliable candidate. The best option is to replace him as soon as possible.