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Old 06-04-2019, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by iiandyiiii View Post
If my idea succeeded, Majority leaders would never abrogate their responsibility to hold hearings and votes again. They'd have to actually vote down nominees, which is indeed possible, lest the minority take over the process. If my idea failed, then the Democrats lose nothing that's not already lost. Refusing to hold hearings and a vote violates the spirit of the Constitution, if not the letter. The Democrats should try and play that game too, if the alternative is just ceding everything to the Republicans.
I'm not clear what difference this would make. If all the Democratic senators in 2016 had drafted some sort of official "advice and consent" document agreeing to Garland's nomination, what would have happened -- other than McConnell chuckling to himself and still not holding hearings or a vote?
I'm not expecting any surprises.