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Old 13 July 2018, 01:09 AM
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It would take 60 votes to defeat a filibuster. I'm not sure where in this scenario you imagine the Republicans needing to defeat a filibuster of Garland? Democrats wanted a vote. Republicans could filibuster, and it would have required some Republicans to break ranks for Democrats to defeat it.

And hearings are generally held by the judiciary committee, not the whole Senate.

Regardless, I still don't see how having advocated for a rule to require a vote, Kavanaugh either didn't believe what he wrote or else he would turn down the nomination. And a rule requiring a vote, again, would have been a way of advocating for elimination of the filibuster, not addressing the machinations McConnell engaged in.
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