The best part of this exchange is that @LeaderMcConnell seems to be genuinely befuddled that one might expect him to have a moral red line. He literally can't come up with anything. Acts as if that's a gotcha question. Because for him it is, since he has none. https://t.co/H2yBAuxd6u
— Tim Miller (@Timodc) April 7, 2022
Morals? Ethics? McConnell is surprised that such words are actually still in use, since he discarded them at least a generation ago.
Even Chris ‘Mad Bitcher’ Cillizza is somewhat taken aback — “Mitch McConnell just moved the goalposts – again – on Supreme Court nominees”:
Asked during an appearance on Fox News Thursday night whether he would allow a Supreme Court nomination to go through if a vacancy opened up and Republicans were in the Senate majority next year, McConnell said this:
“I’m not gonna announce what our agenda might be on appointments before we even become the majority. I hope we’re in a position to make a decision.” …
To be clear, what McConnell is saying is that he won’t pledge to consider a nominee to fill a Supreme Court opening in the final two years of President Joe Biden’s term. Which is a step beyond even where McConnell had previously drawn his line on high court nominations…
Make no mistake: McConnell, in refusing to say whether he would hold hearings for any potential Supreme Court nominee in 2023 – which is not an election year – is seeking to, again, move the goalposts of how and when the Senate will confirm justices.
If McConnell refuses to take up a nominee if an opening on the court arises, the message is simple: A president can ONLY hope their Supreme Court nominee receives a confirmation hearing and vote if and only if their party controls the Senate. Which is a massive break from past precedent…
“I choose not to answer the question,” McConnell told Axios when pressed on whether he would hold a hearing on a Supreme Court nominee if Republicans held the majority in the Senate in 2023.
That answer – or lack thereof – tells you everything you need to know.
The only take away from Mitch McConnell has always been “I have the power and I’ll do as I want.” All the rest of this is window dressing. He has never changed and never will. He’s in it for the power. Period. End of sentence. https://t.co/vgb4HSRbbl
— Monkey??? (@Monkey26697239) April 8, 2022
i mean, the british and australian political press are awful in their own unique ways, but they seem to enjoy getting vicious with politicians much more than ours do
— GOLIKEHELLMACHINE (@golikehellmachi) April 7, 2022
Proof that over 81 million Americans’ votes mattered. pic.twitter.com/SSHlOJeFu0
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) April 7, 2022