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Surprise: Mitch McConnell Vows to Never Let Democrats Add a Justice to the Supreme Court Again

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Why do people run for office? For some, it’s to make a better world for their children. For others, it’s a passion for government. For Mitch McConnell, it’s to fuck over Democrats at every possible opportunity, his neck pouch quivering with joy as he shreds small “d” democracy over and over and over again.

Obviously, one of McConnell’s favorite ways to screw not just his colleagues on the other side of the aisle but the millions of Americans who voted for them is by denying the other party the ability to add justices to the Supreme Court, based on made-up logic he literally pulls out of his ass as it suits him. In 2016, of course, he spent nearly an entire year blocking Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, claiming that presidents aren’t allowed to put someone on the court in an election year and that he had to delay the confirmation so the voters could decide. (They did, and it was in 2012 when they decided they wanted Obama to be president again.) 

Fast-forward four years later, though, and with just weeks to go until the 2020 election, McConnell didn’t just ram through Amy Coney Barrett‘s confirmation, he announced he would do so basically before Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘s body was cold. The night RBG died, McConnell, the most shameless man to ever live, released a statement saying that he would move quickly to confirm Trump’s nominee, rewriting the completely arbitrary rule he invented to block Obama’s replacement for Antonin Scalia. And to lay the hackery on extra thick, he cast his absurd reversal as a fulfillment of a promise to the American people. “In the last midterm election before Justice Scalia’s death in 2016,” McConnell said, “Americans elected a Republican Senate majority because we pledged to check and balance the last days of a lame-duck president’s term. We kept our promise. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year. By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we pledged to work with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise.” Then he went on to clear the way for a woman who thinks there are some instances when abortion should be punishable by death to be confirmed to a lifetime appointment on the highest court in the land with the election less than 2 months away.

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At this point, you could reasonably assume that with Joe Biden in power, McConnell would once again revert to his position that presidents can’t seat someone on the court within an election year. And of course, he has. But he’s also  amended the policy to basically state that he’ll never let a Democratic president get a justice on the Supreme Court again so long as he’s in power, even if said president has nearly two years left on his term.

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McConnell wasn’t asked about confirming a Democratic nominee in 2021 or 2022 because he is not actually the majority leader at the moment, but it’s pretty clear if he was he’d come up with—and implement—some kind of rule saying that only Republicans can add justices to court. Which is obviously insane and corrupt and shameless but hey, that’s Mitch, the guy who said last month that he is “100%” focused on blocking Biden‘s agenda, up to and including all the parts that might actually help Americans. Which would explain why many people are openly begging for Justice Stephen Breyer, 81, to retire. Asked about the situation on Sunday, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told CNN, “You know, it’s something I think about, but I would probably lean towards yes.… I would give more thought to it, but I’m inclined to say yes.” She did not add, “Because Biden needs to get a liberal on the court before that old crone from Kentucky can snatch the seat out of Democrats’ fingers,” but presumably she was thinking it.

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