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    McConnell Basks in GOP Victory on Courts

    McConnell Basks in GOP Victory on Courts

    Senate leader looking forward to reshaping federal judiciary




    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that the current vacancies in the U.S. court system will allow President Donald Trump to have the longest impact on the future of the country and vowed to continue to push through his nominees, regardless of any opposition from Democrats.

    The comments delivered to the Faith and Freedom Coalition at its conference in Washington are likely to rile Democrats, who blasted the Kentucky Republican last year for refusing to allow even a single hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

    For years when his party was in the minority, McConnell employed the procedural speed bumps at his disposal to slow the flow of Obama’s nominations to the federal court system. When Republicans claimed the majority after the 2014 elections, the flow slowed to a trickle, and the majority leader left dozens of nominees to linger, including Garland.

    “The courts — of all the things that we should be able to accomplish with this president and this Senate — the courts have the longest reach into the future,” McConnell said. “We have a significant number of vacancies coming into this administration. The president knows this is a way to have an impact on our country far behind his tenure in office.”

    McConnell recognized the nomination process would be a “tough battle” amid what he called “blind obstruction” by the minority party.
    “It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'Try to be a little kinder.'”

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    If you want to suppress the political will of the majority, you are going to have to have the Courts.

    "Conservative" propagandists rail against McConnell all the time. The man has done more to advance their political goals than anyone in this nation since Ronald Reagan.
    Last edited by Billy Jingo; Friday, June 9th, 2017 at 11:39 AM. Reason: Wording was poor
    “It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'Try to be a little kinder.'”

    ~ Aldous Huxley

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