With the Supreme Court enjoying a strong, conservative majority, Democrats are eager to regain power.
But McConnell just gave them some bad news.
Rumors swirl that the next justice to step down will be Anthony Kennedy, one of the liberal members of the court.
If it happens while Biden is president, he will most certainly replace him with a leftist judge.
McConnell, however, just gave Democrats some bad news. If Republicans regain the Senate in 2022, and a vacancy opens in the next presidential election years, there won’t be a new justice.
From The Hill:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled Monday that Republicans, if they win back control of the upper chamber, wouldn’t advance a Supreme Court nominee if a vacancy occurred in 2024, the year of the next presidential election.
“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 told radio host Hugh Hewitt.
Democrats must be gnashing their teeth after hearing what McConnell just said.
He revealed that if Republicans regain the Senate after 2022, they will not confirm a new Supreme Court justice if a vacancy opens in 2024.
You might remember that McConnell supported Trump’s pick to replace RBG, Amy Cony Barrett. That happened in 2020, an election year.
But should the same thing happen during the next presidential election, McConnell won’t do it.
And it clearly echoes Mitch McConnell blocking Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to replace Antonin Scalia in 2016.
His reasoning, although maddening to Democrats, makes sense. He explained that neither party would confirm a justice during an election year, if the president is from the other party.
It might sound like bitter, partisan politics, but it still holds up. Why would Republicans support a Democrat-nominated justice if there’s a chance a Republican could take the White House a few months later?
If that doesn’t sound “fair,” think about all the crazy things Democrats have done in the last few years. Time and again, they have abused what power they wielded in Congress, just to have their way.
They impeached a president (twice) without overwhelming evidence. They blocked needed legislation, even after saying it was needed (like police reform). They refused to negotiate with Republicans again and again.
And they are threatening to change voting laws and pack the Supreme Court to make sure they never lose power again.
I think it’s reasonable for McConnell to fight fire with fire—do you?
Source: The Hill