Millions of Americans owe Republican Senator Jeff Blake respect for what he did yesterday.
Without Flake holding back his vote because he wanted a full FBI investigation, the rest of his colleagues would have ridden roughshod over the confirmation process.
Personally, I'll be sad to see him leave the Senate. He and Democratic Senator Coon have been trying for years to conduct business in a bi-partisan manner. They're both loyal to their parties, but have shown the ability to rise above political rhetoric when considering important issues.
Without a doubt, Sen. Flake's push for a fair investigation will go down as his biggest accomplishment in his 18 years in the Senate. I'm confident of that.
If, after the investigation he changes his mind and votes for Kavanaugh, I'll still respect him, because I know he was being honest. Frankly, that's not something I often say about any politician.
In this age of political tribalism it takes courage to stand up to his colleagues and speak from the heart. To speak about fairness and justice in the face of a heartless juggernaut trying to stack the Supreme Court with a bias judge, takes conviction. Even if Flake wasn't retiring this year.
This whole confirmation process has been without precedent. A case of politics on steroids. A vivid demonstration on how polarized we are as a nation.
Even Trump has recognized the need to agree with Senate Republicans on putting the confirmation process on hold while an FBI investigation on Kavanaugh goes forward.
The deal is the investigation will be wrapped up in one week and have a narrow scope. Let's see how that works out.
One thing is for sure; political fireworks are on the horizon.
Time for me to walk on down the road...