Mitch McConnell Just Started Another War With Democrats
Mitch McConnell and his 52 GOP colleagues are now at war with Democrats over the Supreme Court all over again.
Politico reported on Thursday that all Republican Senators sent a letter to the Supreme Court shortly after a Democratic amicus brief urged the court not to take up “political ‘projects” like a new challenge to New York City’s gun laws.
According to the report, five Democratic lawmakers insisted that the case was part of a drive to install a conservative majority on the court and strike down gun laws.
Citing polling data showing concern about the Supreme Court being infused with politics, the rising influence of the conservative Federalist Society and the spate of 5-4 decisions on charged issues, the Democrats argued that “the Supreme Court is not well. And the people know it.”
McConnell (R-Ky.) and the Senate GOP said the effort “openly threatened this court with political retribution if it failed to dismiss the [New York] petition as moot.”
“The implication is as plain as day: Dismiss this case, or we’ll pack the court,” the Republican senators wrote in the letter.
“We share Justice Ginsburg’s view that ‘nine seems to be a good number,’ they said. “And it will remain that way as long as we are here.”
McConnell has had a history of trying to manipulate who gets in the Supreme Court. Just before former President Barack Obama left office, McConnell blocked him from filling a vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. Just one year later, the GOP-led Senate gave Trump the green light to replace Scalia with Neil Gorsuch after eliminating the filibuster for the Supreme Court nominees.
And let’s not forget about the controversial confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, who faced multiple sexual assault allegations during his confirmation hearing.