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The Ruthless Determination of Mitch McConnell: Here Are 5 Times the Top Republican Sought Victory at Any Cost

September 14, 2018 in Blogs

By Alex Henderson, AlterNet

The Senate majority leader has wielded power like few others before him have.

If Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, some of the credit in the Republican Party will go to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—who has shown himself to be a fierce, vindictive partisan who puts party over principle time and time again. Kavanaugh’s confirmation would be a lifetime appointment; regardless, McConnell has no interest in giving President Trump’s nominee an adequate vetting—he is determined to ram the nomination through the Senate as quickly as possible. This type of behavior is nothing new for the Kentucky Republican, who has refused to give even an inch in the Trump era. And how well Democratic Senate candidates do or don’t perform in the 2018 midterms could either give McConnell more power in the Senate or reduce his power in the Senate. Certainly, there’s nothing McConnell would hate more than hearing Democrat Chuck Schumer described as “Senate Majority Leader Schumer” in 2019.

Here are five examples of McConnell’s win-at-any-cost mentality.

1. McConnell Refused to Hold Hearings on Judge Merrick Garland’s Nomination

President Barack Obama obviously wasn’t looking for the next Earl Warren when, on March 16, 2016, he nominated Judge Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court. Garland was a decidedly centrist pick on Obama’s part. But McConnell didn’t want to see a centrist or an Obama nominee fill what had been the late Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court, and McConnell did something unprecedented when he refused to even consider Garland. McConnell declared that with 2016 being a presidential election year, it would be inappropriate to give Garland any hearings in the Senate. McConnell’s contempt for Obama was so deep that the High Court seat remained vacant for over a year, and McConnell even bragged about it when, during a speech he Kentucky, he declared, “One of my proudest moments was when I looked Barack Obama in the eye and I said, ‘Mr. President, you will not fill the Supreme Court vacancy.’”

2. McConnell Rammed Neil Gorsuch’s Confirmation Through the Senate as Quickly as Possible

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