Democrats are panicking over the Senate vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Chuck Schumer and his pals see the election slipping away from them over their actions during his confirmation.
But this Democrat just ended their career with one word about Brett Kavanaugh.
Democrat Senator’s Career Is Over
Heidi Heitkamp is running for re-election in deep red North Dakota.
Experts rate her as the most endangered Democrat in America.
A recent poll showed 60 percent of North Dakota voters thought it was important the Senate confirm Brett Kavanaugh.
That same survey found Republican Kevin Cramer leading her by 12 points.
That’s why no one could believe Heitkamp came out and said she would vote “no” on confirming Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Her decision ends any chance she had of winning re-election.
Heitkamp Explains “No” Vote
Heitkamp tried to explain her “no” vote.
“When I listened to Dr. Ford testify, I heard the voices of women I have known throughout my life who have similar stories of sexual assault and abuse,” Heitkamp began.
“Our actions right now are a poignant signal to young girls and women across our country. I will continue to stand up for them,” Heitkamp said.
Heitkamp’s brother, Joel, appeared on MSNBC and defended her decision.
But even his defense sounded like a preemptive excuse to explain her impending defeat.
“Who knows, she may lose,” Joel Heitkamp said. “But in the morning, when she’s brushing her teeth, she needs to like the person she sees. In my opinion, she’s voting right, that’s the key.”
Cramer’s spokesman Jake Wilkins blasted Heitkamp in a statement to reporters.
“Heidi Heitkamp just failed North Dakota, and voters know it. This race is now between a candidate who will be a voice for North Dakota and another candidate who politicizes every issue and staunchly opposes President Trump at every turn,” he wrote.
Cramer Fires Back At Heitkamp
Wilkins fired the first shot.
Cramer ripped her for siding with Chuck Schumer over the people of North Dakota.
“I’m deeply disappointed with Senator Heitkamp’s decision to vote no on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” Cramer wrote. “Clearly, she has decided to vote with Chuck Schumer, and not the people of North Dakota,” Cramer concluded.
Some pundits were puzzled by Heitkamp’s decision.
Others realized she wanted to keep her post-Senate options open because she is toast.
But to keep her good name in Democrat Party politics she needed to oppose Kavanaugh.
How This Decision Changes 2018
Heitkamp losing because she opposed Kavanaugh cripples the Democrats.
They need every incumbent to hang onto their seat.
Any loss would mean the Democrats need to poach a red state Senate seat in order to win the majority.
But their opposition to Kavanaugh boosted GOP candidates in Texas and Tennessee.
If Ted Cruz and Marsha Blackburn win, the Democrats have no chance of taking over the Senate.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.