New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin said that if Sen. Jeff Flake thought he was "building a bridge with Democrats" by predicating his 'yes' vote on an FBI investigation into Judge Brett Kavanaugh, that "bridge" was indeed "built with sand."

Flake, an Arizona Republican who is not seeking re-election this year, reportedly told Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley he would vote to approve Kavanaugh's nomination out of the committee, so long as the White House was asked to order an investigation.

Goodwin said the Democrats' chief goal has been that "we must kill Kavanaugh['s nomination]."

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"If Flake thought he was trying to build a bridge with the Democrats, it was built on sand because they never were going to be satisfied," he said.

Goodwin said Flake's vote was a target because the left is afraid that Kavanaugh's confirmation would be a fifth Constitutionalist vote on the Supreme Court, with four liberal justices often opposing.

He said many on the left have relied on court rulings to "impose" their political will on America when they cannot get their initiatives through Congress.

Goodwin said Kavanaugh's confirmation would be the first time since the Eisenhower administration that they could not rely on the court for activist rulings.

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