Opinion | Want to know all about ‘court-packing’? Ask Mitch McConnell. – The Washington Post

In 2012, my colleague Greg Sargent wrote about a telling on-the-record anecdote from Biden in the book “The New New Deal” by Michael Grunwald about how Republicans planned to oppose President Barack Obama when he took office in 2009. “Biden says that during the transition, a number of Republican Senators privately confided to him that [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R-Ky.] had given them the directive that there was to be no cooperation with the new administration,” Sargent wrote, “because he had decided that ‘we can’t let you succeed.’”Republicans had it in for Obama before Day 1In other words, Republicans would obstruct everything, from legislation to Cabinet and judicial appointments. Back then, nominations could be tripped up by a filibuster that required 60 votes to advance to a final vote. Things changed after Obama’s reelection in 2012, when then-Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) and his fellow Democrats used the “nuclear option” by changing the rules to confirm federal judges (but not Supreme Court justices) by a simple majority.“You’ll regret this, and you may regret this a lot sooner than you think,” responded McConnell. And how right he was. After the GOP won the Senate majority in 2014, McConnell exercised all power to thwart Obama’s judicial nominees in the last two years of his presidency. According to a 2018 report from Brookings, such confirmations were “fewer compared to [George W. Bush’s,] Clinton’s and Reagan’s.”

Source: Opinion | Want to know all about ‘court-packing’? Ask Mitch McConnell. – The Washington Post

Opinion | Want to know all about ‘court-packing’? Ask Mitch McConnell. – The Washington Post

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