Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court by a final vote of 50-48. It was one of the closest votes to confirm a Supreme Court justice in history. During the swearing in ceremony at the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell received a standing ovation. McConnell called it his most important achievement in his career. A key moment that changed the tide in Kavanaugh's favor was a floor speech by Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who'd been on the fence. She said, "It is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy." Kavanaugh withstood the charges leveled against him—charges that weren't supported by evidence. Justice and fairness prevailed over a last-ditch political maneuver and this is a victory for all of us.