Sarah Palin and Susan Rice float Senate bids amid Kavanaugh vote

Sarah Palin and Susan Rice float Senate bids amid Kavanaugh vote

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice is pictured in June 2017 with then-President Barack Obama and then-VIce President Joe Biden. (Creative Commons photo)

WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin and Susan Rice both suggested Friday that they may launch Senate bids in the wake of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation process.

While the former Republican governor of Alaska and the Obama administration’s National Security Adviser, respectively, have little in common politically, both floated potential challenges to incumbents on Twitter Friday.

Palin alluded to a run against Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) as retribution for the senator’s refusal to back Kavanaugh in a key procedural vote.

Palin’s remark referred to 2013 Saturday Night Live sketch in which comedian Tina Fey portrayed the former presidential candidate and said, “I can see Russia from my house!”

Palin served as governor of Alaska from December 2006 to July 2009, when she resigned.

Not long after Sen. Susan Collins (R-Me.) announced that she was voting for Kavanaugh, Rice dropped a hint of her own.

Rice, who also served as the UN ambassador, later added that the tweet was not an announcement.

The Senate is expected to hold a final vote on Kavanaugh on Saturday afternoon. He has more than enough votes and his confirmation appears to be imminent.

The vote will cap a confirmation process that was always divisive but rose to a fever pitch after three women came forward to publicly accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault and other inappropriate behavior.

Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the allegations.

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