Democrats and demonstrators vented rage and resistance but the Senate rolled toward approving Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination Saturday as President Trump and Republicans approached an election-season triumph in the most electrifying confirmation battle in years.
Capping a venomous struggle that transfixed Americans when it veered into claims that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted women in the 1980s and his fierce denials, the 53-year-old conservative's nomination was on track for afternoon approval. He seemed certain to win by a slender two votes in a near party-line roll call.
Democrats tried making sure that female voters were paying attention.
"Republicans are saying: your voices just don't matter," Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said Saturday. "Your experiences, your trauma, your pain, your heartache, your anger — none of that matters. Their message is, 'we don't have to listen. We don't have to care. Sit down and be quiet.'"