The Editorial Board’s mission is to cut through the noise by speaking plainly about politics. That mission is especially relevant now after so many spent so much time this weekend explaining why the Democrats lost the battle over Brett Kavanaugh. Here’s a reality check. The Republicans had the advantage. They always had the advantage. There are 51 Republicans in the United States Senate. There are 49 Democrats. The GOP needed a simple majority to confirm the judge. They could have lost one Republican. The vice president would then have broken the tie.