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It’s nice to see Corey’s press secretary working on V-day, but my guess is that Obama will nominate the anti-Corey Booker. He’ll pick the most innocuous, closest to the center but still reliably liberal, mild-mannered, worker-bee federal judge, perhaps a Bush I or II appointee who has evolved a bit. It will be someone with a long and solid legal career and little or no political history. Maybe Hispanic or Asian or any other minority that needs another reminder that Republican lip service doesn’t mean shit.
I agree with Tim F. that McConnell will regret not holding hearings, but maybe Mitch knows that a few of his caucus who are facing tough races might fold like a cheap suit and vote for the Obama nominee. If McConnell had held hearings, though, and if the nominee had been voted down, then he could have legitimately invoked the six month rule named after a racist Dixiecrat who wanted to exact petty revenge against LBJ for the Civil Rights Act, thus adding another chapter to the glorious history of the world’s most deliberative body.