George W. Bush eulogized his late father on Wednesday in a speech filled with tears and laughter. Family, friends, and world leaders from around the globe gathered at the National Cathedral on Wednesday to mourn President George H.W. Bush, the nation’s 41st president, who died on Friday at age 94. In his eulogy, the younger Bush shared memories of his father’s sense of humor and about how his dad and mom, Barbara liked to hold hands. She died earlier this year. He ended by tearfully saying his father is back with daughter Robin, who died at age 3 from leukemia, and Barbara—and that the two are holding hands again.
—QUOTABLE: “After mom died, dad was strong, but all he really wanted to do was hold mom’s hand again…We’re going to miss you. Your decency, sincerity, and kind soul will stay with us forever…So through our tears, let us enjoy the blessings of knowing and loving you, a great noble man. The best man a son or father could have,” Bush continued, choking up. “And in our grief, let us smile knowing that dad is hugging Robin and holding mom’s hand again.” -George W. Bush
ALSO—President Trump and First Lady Melania also attended the Bush memorial service. They sat in the pew next to former President Barack Obama and Michelle. In a showing that the moment goes far beyond petty politics, Trump shook both their hands. He also tweeted before the service a tribute to Bush, which was praised by Trump nemesis Sen. Jeff Flake—“Well said, Mr. President,” Flake replied.
—QUOTABLE: “Looking forward to being with the Bush family. This is not a funeral, this is a day of celebration for a great man who has led a long and distinguished life. He will be missed!” -Trump on Twitter
Sen. Jeff Flake plans to hold up President Trump’s judicial nominees until the Senate takes up a bill protecting Robert Mueller. The outgoing Arizona senator announced his new ultimatum on the Senate floor minutes after his attempt to pass the bill failed. The threat could block the Senate Judiciary Committee from approving any more judges this year. Flake and Democrat Sen. Chris Coons had worked together on the bill that would require good cause in order for Trump to fire Mueller, the special counsel running the Russia investigation.
MEANWHILE—Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell flat-out rejected Sen. Jeff Flake’s bill protecting Robert Mueller. While McConnell said he thinks the investigation should be allowed to be finished, he also said, “I don’t think any legislation’s necessary.”
Republican senate candidate Martha McSally has seized a big advantage over opponent Kyrsten Sinema in their battle to replace retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake in Arizona. McSally, a former fighter jet pilot, is polling at 52 percent to Sinema’s 45 percent—well outside the poll’s margin of error. McSally, current a member of the House, enjoys a high approval rating in the state, while Sinema has been dealing with unearthed comments she made slamming the people of Arizona as crazy and that Arizona is the “meth lab” of democracy.
—QUOTABLE: “The game-changer comes from Independent voters, who have swung from Sinema to McSally since our last poll. We’ll know come Election Night whether they stick with McSally or swing back to Sinema.” -Mike Noble, pollster
The GOP senate candidate in Arizona is experiencing a polling bump. Martha McSally, the Republican running to replace the outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake, is out to a six point lead over Democrat Kyrsten Sinema. The polling bump is an anomaly in a race where the two have been locked in a dead heat for months. But comments Sinema made about Arizona back in 2011 could spell big trouble for the looney liberal—in a video of a speech seven years ago, Sinema called Arizona “the crazy state” and Arizonans “crazy.” She states in the video that Arizona is crazy because of one factor: “they’re called Republicans,” she said. She goes even further in comments at an out of state speech to liberal activists.
—QUOTABLE: ”I want to talk to you about some of the things that I think that you can do to stop your state from becoming Arizona.” -Sinema in 2011 speech to liberal activists
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is moving ahead with a critical test vote on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. It will be on Friday morning at 10:30. The procedural vote will both pave the way for a final vote on whether to confirm the embattled SCOTUS nominee, and it will gauge support. Three Republican senators—Arizona’s Flake (Jeff), Maine’s Susan Collins, and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski—are still very much in question, but statements by Collins and The Flake strongly point to their willingness to vote yes and stop this insanity from repeating itself. If Friday’s vote goes as planned, McConnell is likely to call for a final vote over the weekend.
Fence-sitting Republican senators Susan Collins and Jeff Flake appear satisfied with the newly released FBI report probing Brett Kavanaugh’s background. The probe was ordered by the White House after the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full senate amid allegations of sexual impropriety.
Collins said: “It appears to be a very thorough investigation but I’m going back later to personally read the interviews.”
And Flake said: “We’ve seen no additional corroborating information.”
Both are moderate Republicans thought to be the critical swing votes that will determine whether the Senate will vote to confirm Kavanaugh in an expected Saturday floor vote.
Meanwhile, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley urged the senate to end this and just take the vote: “I trust that career agents of the FBI have done their work independent of political or partisan considerations. That’s exactly what senators from both sides asked for. Now it’s up to senators to fulfill their Constitutional duty and make a judgement.”
After a morning of posturing and speechifying, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee finally voted on advancing Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court to the full body. The early afternoon vote followed maneuvering by Republican Jeff Flake and his Democrat buddy Chris Coons. Flake agreed to vote yes provided the Senate called for a week-long investigation of the harassment allegations leveled against Kavanaugh.
MEANWHILE – President Trump deferred to the Senate on an investigation, but it was revealed over the weekend that the FBI was directed to carefully limit the scope of the investigation, and not include any other women who might come forward against Kavanaugh.