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McConnell is hammered for saying he’ll obstruct a Democratic Supreme Court pick again if GOP regain Senate

McConnell is hammered for saying he’ll obstruct a Democratic Supreme Court pick again if GOP regain Senate

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) simply doesn’t care what you think about him.

With raw power being the only currency that he recognizes, the Senate GOP leader revels in his ability — even in a minority position — to control the Senate agenda, if only by the fact that any significant, non-budget-related legislation needs at least 10 votes from his caucus to become law and that’s only if the fractious Democrats remain unanimous.

So it was no surprise when Senator McConnell not only reveled in his past obstructionism but vowed to continue his constitutionally suspect practice of refusing to even consider confirming a Supreme Court nominee nominated by a Democratic president during their last months in office, despite ramming through Trump’s Federalist Society-approved nominee Amy Coney Barrett in the final weeks before the 2020 elections.

McConnell revealed his unrepentant stance during an interview with right-wing radio provocateur Hugh Hewitt who praised the Republican leader for his advancement of conservative values at the expense of representative democracy in his judicial strategy.

“The court and the Constitution would be in quicksand up to its neck if you had not taken the position you took five years ago and we do not have the court that we do today, where we’re looking forward and not in fear at decisions this year and next,” Hewitt told McConnell.

The Senate Minority Leader basked in Hewitt’s obsequious flattery.

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“I do think the issue you raised is the single most consequential thing that I’ve done in my time as majority leader in the Senate,” McConnell responded.

Optimistically envisioning a return to GOP control of the Senate after the 2022 elections, Hewitt wondered whether McConnell would be willing to repeat his audacious nominee blocking a second time.

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“Would the rule that you applied in 2016 to the Scalia vacancy apply in 2024 to any vacancy that occurred?” Hewitt asked the Senate leader.

“Well, I think if in the middle of a presidential election, you have a Senate of the opposite party of the president, you have to go back to the 1880s to the last time a vacancy was filled,” McConnell replied. “I think it’s highly unlikely — in fact, no, I don’t think either party if it were different from the president, would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of an election.”

McConnell then attributed his hypocritical decision to ram Barrett’s nomination through to confirmation in the final days before the 2020 election to simply politics as usual.

“We were of the same party as the president,” he noted. “That’s why we went ahead with it.”

The chattering class on Twitter responded to McConnell’s brazen partisanship not so much by condemning his reprehensible rejection of the principle of majority rule but by using his comments as a warning to Democrats still enamored of the filibuster as a venerable Senate tradition.

With the GOP Senate leader explaining that he has no interest in doing anything besides obstructing any agenda to the left of ultra-right-wing ideology, Democrats must stop their useless attempts at bipartisanship and play under the same winner-takes-all rules that the Republicans use when they hold the levers of power.

It’s time to eliminate the filibuster and enact the agenda that the majority of Americans want to see enacted.

The best revenge against McConnell’s usurpation of power is to simply render him powerless.

Follow Vinnie Longobardo on Twitter. 

Original reporting by David Edwards at RawStory.

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