The Senate should refuse to confirm all of Hillary Clinton’s judicial nominees

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October 27, 2016
Cato Institute
by Ilya Shapiro  
Posted in Commentary

"When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the #NoHearingNoVote position, he argued that, given the nation's polarization and that the next justice could swing the balance of the Supreme Court, this election-year vacancy should be filled by the people’s choice. It was a principled position, but a controversial and risky one. Yet McConnell's calculus has been borne out. ... But the McCain volley, launched while campaigning for embattled Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, is something new: are Republicans really planning to keep that seat empty for four (even eight) years if Clinton wins? (Presumably this would be in a scenario where they keep the Senate; Democrats would surely get rid of the filibuster if it came to that.) Doesn't that expose their motivations as purely partisan regardless of their high-minded rhetoric?" (10/26/16)  

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