In light of Anthony Kennedy’s announced retirement, it seems to me we should all be saying something like this:
Mitch McConnell is the Senate majority leader.
Mitch McConnell sets the rules.
And here are the rules he set:
He said that with Merrick Garland, a moderate consensus candidate, it was not enough to know how the majority voted in 2008 and 2012 . . . the President could not be allowed to exercise his Constitutional right to fill the vacancy.
No, he said: with less than a year until the 2016 election, we had to wait to see how they’d vote in 2016.
So we did — and millions more voted for the Democrat than the Republican. Not enough to win the presidency, but enough to confirm the nation’s preference.
(And still he didn’t give Garland a hearing.)
So now – with barely 4 months to November – and by Senator McConnell’s own rules — we have to wait to see how the people feel. Which party gets more votes.
If it’s the Republicans, so be it.
But if it’s the Democrats, then — even if Senator McConnell retains the gavel — he must work with the Democrats and the President to find a moderate consensus candidate.
Perhaps even Merrick Garland.
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