Kavanaugh's confirmation - once considered certain, only to be upended by multiple allegations of sexual misconduct over the past three weeks - is a major political victory for US President Donald Trump and his Republican backers, who are on the cusp of cementing a conservative majority on the nation's highest court. Senate Republicans tightly controlled the disclosure process for Kavanaugh's public record, limiting the scope of documents released and scheduling hearings and a final vote before the National Archives could release the entirety of the Kavanaugh documents.
As Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., - whose demand for a one-week delay in the vote pending an Federal Bureau of Investigation review of sexual assault allegations against the nominee provided Kavanaugh opponents hope he would vote "no" - was about to be called on, a male protester stood up, started walking toward the exit and with voice barely raised, stated simply, "Flake, you're a disgrace" and motioned toward Capitol Police and staffers that he wasn't about to struggle.
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts today voted to confirm the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), facing a tough re-election battle in his deep-red state, was the lone Democrat to break from his party and vote in Kavanaugh's favor. Vice-President Mike Pence presided over the roll call, his potential tie-breaking vote unnecessary.
During yesterday's vote, senators were showered with cries of "We will not forget", and "Survivors vote" from protesters in the Senate gallery.
Yet Kavanaugh's path to confirmation seemed unfettered until Ford and two other women emerged with sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s. Neither the FBI nor the Senate Judiciary Committee, in their separate investigations - both conducted under penalty of felony - found evidence corroborating the allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh. Democrats hope that the roll call, exactly a month from elections in which House and Senate control are in play, will prompt infuriated women and liberals to stream to the polls to oust Republicans.
Beyond the close vote, the impact on the court's decisions going forward and whatever your opinion of the controversial nominee, Kavanaugh's confirmation fight challenged a number of long-standing norms.
"Senators claiming to want a dignified debate should not repeat lies constructed by the Judiciary Committee that were cynically created to win support for Judge Kavanaugh".
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, himself a former presidential candidate, said about Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation: "America may have gained a new member of the Supreme Court, but a part of our nation's soul was lost during this toxic process".
There are signs this tactic of projecting Kavanaugh as a victim are already working, and that voter enthusiasm among Republicans - something that is already high among Democrats - is rising quickly.
The upper house is split 51-49 in favour of the Republicans and the vote was largely along party lines.
"We must fight to preserve and protect the critical and fundamental American judicial principle of the presumption of innocence for all Americans, both guilty and innocent, both accused and accusers and regardless of sex, race, or economic status".
Trump also said women, far from being outraged at Kavanaugh, "were outraged at what happened to Brett Kavanaugh, outraged".
On Saturday, protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court, with activists chanting "Get up, get down, women we run this town" and "we are the majority, the majority dissents".
At the White House on Sunday, Trump lauded Collins' hard work and "impassioned" speech on the Senate floor Friday announcing how she would vote.
The political Left went into immediate meltdown, with raucous protests outside the U.S. Supreme Court.
'I had one beer that's the only thing I remember!' Trump said as the crowd cheered. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who announced Friday morning her intentions to vote "no, ' voted "present.' Murkowski opted to "pair" her vote with Sen".
In the end, there was a two-vote margin.
Mr Kavanaugh denied the allegations and received continued backing from the president as well as vast protest from opponents.