Said McConnell: “The far-left mob is not letting up. Earlier today, former Secretary of State Clinton sent this signal as clear as day. She told CNN exactly how she views millions of Americans who hold different political views from her own.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that it’s up to President Trump to pick a potential successor for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but the nominee won’t come from the Senate, The Hill reports.
Said McConnell: “It’s not going to come from our caucus, I can tell you that. 51-49, you can do the math. We’re not doing that.”
Joe Scarborough ripped Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Morning Joe for referring to protesters of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as “angry mobs,” after attendees of President Trump’s campaign rally last night chanted “lock her up” in reference to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
Said Scarborough: “Now the president of the U.S. is holding rallies where angry mobs of people are demanding to lock up a U.S. senator because they disagree with her politics. I guess due process and keeping your head, that was in vogue for Republicans last week. Mitch McConnell must be shocked at the angry mobs.”
He added: “He was a snowflake just a couple days ago, just melting on national television because of all the angry mobs. I wonder what Mitch thinks again about people talking about locking up one of his colleagues… because they disagree with her politically. That’s an angry mob, right?”
Matthew Yglesias: “At the end of the day, the belief that getting two Supreme Court nominees confirmed reflects some kind of peculiar legislative genius on the part of Mitch McConnell doesn’t stand up to any kind of scrutiny. After all, Barack Obama and Harry Reid also got two Supreme Court justices confirmed. So did George W. Bush and Bill Frist. So did Bill Clinton and George Mitchell. That’s just what happens.”
“That’s not to deny that McConnell is a shrewd legislative tactician — he’s an experienced politician and legislative leader, and he’s good at his job. It’s just to emphasize that, in many ways, circumstances make the man.”
“Had the 2016 election broken slightly differently, after all, the blockage on Merrick Garland might have ended up looking like a fiasco that ultimately allowed President Hillary Clinton to swap him out in favor of a younger and more left-wing justice.”
“I’m stronger than mule piss.”
— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quoted by the New York Times, explaining to President Trump just how committed he was to pushing Brett Kavanaugh through to Supreme Court confirmation.
Must-watch: John Dickerson fact-checks Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Face the Nation on his claim of a historical precedent for blocking Merrick Garland’s appointment to the Supreme Court during the 2016 presidential election.
McConnell got very angry when Dickerson pointed out that President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican, named William Brennan to the court in 1956 by recess appointment just before that year’s presidential election. Brennan began serving immediately, and was formally nominated and confirmed the next year.
McClatchy: “To Republicans, McConnell is now a 21st century political hero, a leader who refused to surrender to political correctness or to the loud, angry, persistent voices of the left.”
“Party loyalists are enthusiastic about McConnell’s ability to harness collective rage over what they saw as Democratic gamesmanship, and laud his strategy of directing that disgust towards a cherished outcome: Giving a conservative judge a lifetime appointment on the most powerful court in the land and the power to shape the judiciary for a generation. Back home, he has all but assured himself an easy sail to victory in his 2020 GOP primary election.”
“Democrats, on the other hand, have never been more energized to take McConnell down, from inside the state and beyond.”
Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told Politico that he isn’t done with his “project” to revamp the nation’s courts.
“Hours before the Senate was set to approve Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the Senate majority leader said in an interview Saturday that he plans confirmations of more lifetime justices before the November election. The Kentucky Republican plans to meet with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) about a package of nominees — and Schumer’s response could determine when or whether Schumer’s vulnerable members will be able to go home and campaign for their seats.”
Said McConnell: “There are still tools that I have available, that’s why I canceled the August recess. And that’s something I’ll discuss with Sen. Schumer before we leave for the election.”
CNN: “Republicans do not have the votes as of dawn Friday morning, according to people with direct knowledge.”
“McConnell is heading into the day that could clinch one of, if not the, cornerstone achievements of his career — tilting the court’s makeup firmly to the conservative side — and he doesn’t currently have the votes. He and his top deputies are optimistic, no question. But it’s not there yet.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) agreed, according to Reuters: “As of now I don’t really know and I don’t know if anybody else does.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “has described holding up President Obama’s Supreme Court pick for a year as one of his proudest achievements, ‘the most consequential decision I’ve ever made in my entire public career,’” the Washington Post reports.
“It looks likely he will soon get another big Supreme Court win to put up next to that: Confirming Brett M. Kavanaugh after the judge was accused by three women of sexual misconduct, a scandal that has pitched the Senate and the country into a divisive and partisan debate over gender and power.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s “good name and his family have been dragged through the mud with a campaign of character assassinations based on allegations that lack any corroboration,” the Washington Post reports.
Despite a reopened background check, McConnell made clear in his speech that Republicans will move ahead on the nomination: “The time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close. We’ll be voting this week.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that the Senate “will hold an up-or-down vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, amid a committee investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against the nominee,” The Hill reports.
Said McConnell: “I want to make it perfectly clear: Judge Kavanaugh will be voted on here on the Senate floor. Up or down on the Senate floor. This fine nominee to the Supreme Court will receive a vote in the Senate in the near future.”
“He declined, after his floor speech, to say if Republicans would try to vote on Kavanaugh before Oct. 1—the previous timeline for when leadership wanted to get him confirmed.”
After President Trump tweeted criticism of Christine Blasey Ford for accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the president on Friday to say his tweets did not help, CNN reports.
Trump has not tweeted criticism of Ford since that phone call.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) suggested that he could keep lawmakers in Washington until the end of October if Democrats seek to slow or block the confirmation of President Trump’s judicial nominees, The Hill reports.
Said McConnell: “Our friends on the other side who have a number of incumbents running for reelection this year are going to want to recess.”
“We’re going to plow right through it.”
— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quoted by the Washington Post, on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
“Arizona, Nevada, Tennessee, Montana, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana, West Virginia and Florida. All of them too close to call and every one of them like a knife fight in an alley; I mean, just a brawl in every one of those places. I hope when the smoke clears, that we’ll still have a majority in the Senate.”
— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quoted by Roll Call.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warned that the midterm elections will be “very challenging” for Republicans, saying that the GOP is facing a “storm” as it tries to hold on to the Senate, The Hill reports.
McConnell said Republicans know the “wind is going to be in our face” with several make-or-break races with tight polling.
Said McConnell: “You can’t repeal history, and almost every election two years into any new administration the party of the presidency loses seats. They don’t always lose the body, but almost always loses seats. And so we know that this is going to be a very challenging election on the Senate side.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in an interview that Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) could face scrutiny from the Senate Ethics Committee for violating a rule that prohibits the release of confidential material, the Washington Post reports.
“During Thursday’s hearing on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Booker said he was knowingly violating a Senate rule by releasing an email revealing the nominee’s views on racial profiling.”
“It turns out that document had already been cleared for public release. But later Thursday afternoon, Booker released what he said were 28 documents marked ‘committee confidential’ in a defiant bid to make the confirmation process more transparent.”