Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters following the final vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Cocaine Mitch is pretty confident that next year, everything is going to come up Republican, including in the Supreme Court where he said the GOP will be filling vacancies.
According to The Hill, McConnell pushed back against the pushback he got for rejecting Merrick Garland, Obama’s Supreme Court pick, and holding out till after the elections to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. With the election season coming up, the left is wondering if McConnell will give the next vacancy the same treatment.
McConnell is saying no, and when asked by Hugh Hewitt if the GOP will act next year, the Senate Majority Leader answered “absolutely,” according to The Hill. The reason is simple. Obama was a President over a divided government, and Trump is not:
“You have to go back to 1880 to find the last time, back to 1880s to find the last time a Senate of a different party from the president filled a Supreme Court vacancy created in the middle of a presidential election. That was entirely the precedent,” McConnell said on Tuesday about his decision to block Garland.
“There was nothing I did that was, would not have been done had the shoe been on the other foot had there been a … Republican president and a Democratic Senate. So look, they can whine about this all day long. But under the Constitution, there is co-responsibility for appointments,” McConnell added.
He’s not wrong. Had the parties been reversed, the left would have pulled out every dirty trick in the book to make sure a Republican appointee didn’t make it to the bench. We know that because we watched how the left pulled out all the stop in order to prevent Brett Kavanaugh from reaching the Supreme Court and were thankfully unsuccessful.
All the outrage over Garland’s rejection rings hollow in the face of all of that.