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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