Im bummed about this dipstick getting another SC nominee but Im not sure I buy its earth shattering to the courts ideology. Besides abortion and gay rights, yes I know those are two HUGE issues, Kennedy was a reliably conservative vote.
On the issue of a tie, I dont think it will be an issue. Doubt McCain will be able to vote so there is an odd number of Senators. Although, the thought of him coming back more time to vote no and stick it to Trump is delicious.