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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It turns out that advancing equal opportunity and economic empowerment is both morally right and good economics, because discrimination, poverty and ignorance restrict growth, while investments in education, infrastructure and scientific and technological research increase it, creating more good jobs and new wealth for all of us.~Bill Clinton
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