Two quotes. That’s all it takes to effectively summarize the state of American politics. Two quotes. No more is needed to convey the partisan nature of Congress. Two quotes to express how partisanship places politics first and governing second.
It is a president’s constitutional right to nominate a Supreme Court justice, and it is the Senate’s constitutional right to act as a check on a president and withhold its consent.
Neil Gorsuch will be confirmed this week. How that happens really depends on our Democratic friends. How many of them are willing to oppose cloture on a partisan basis to kill a Supreme Court nominee.
In the first instance, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is justifying his refusal to allow a straight up or down vote on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
In the second instance, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is addressing a potential Democratic filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.
Two quotes. Two sentiments. One politician.
The difference? A newly-elected Republican president versus a lame duck Democratic president.
American politics in two quotes.
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