Republicans may find a way to push through Neil Gorsuch’s nomination but I hope Democrats make it as hard as possible.
On Meet the Press today Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) confused the right of Republicans to make any decision they chose in rejecting Obama Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland with an outright refusal to give him any sort of hearing at all.
“The tradition had been not to confirm vacancies in the middle of a presidential [election] year,” McConnell told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd. “You’d have to go back 80 years to find the last time it happened… Everyone knew, including President Obama’s former White House counsel, that if the shoe had been on the other foot, [Democrats] wouldn’t have filled a Republican president’s vacancy in the middle of a presidential election.”
“That’s a rationale to vote against his confirmation,” Todd argued. “Why not put him up for a vote? Any senator can have a rationale to not to vote for a confirmation. Why not put Merrick Garland on the floor and if the rationale is, ‘You know what? Too close to an election,’ then vote no?”
McConnell’s answer was predictably incoherent.
Republicans had the tools to stop the nomination process for Garland. Fine. It’s the suggestion that Democrats ought not use whatever tools they have available to at least slow down the Gorsuch nomination that is so infuriating. Why not? Republicans want to play this way, everyone should be able to play this way.