Guest post from Remarkable Times.
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As much as some of us want to be nonpartisan, we have to acknowledge that Republicans in the U.S. Senate do not play nice.
To cite just a few examples in the current session, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shut out Democrats to develop the tax bill and their alternative to Obamacare behind closed doors. McConnell rushed the tax bill to passage before the official estimates arrived on how much it would cost. It turned out to cost a lot.
Now Republicans are rushing the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh before committee members have had a chance to look over his background. Claiming executive privilege, the White House withheld more than 100,000 pages of records about Kavanaugh’s time as a lawyer; 42,000 additional pages about Kavanaugh’s time with the Bush Administration were released just hours before confirmation hearings began, along with a request that the documents be withheld from the public.
Trump would not even have the chance to nominate another Supreme Court Justice if McConnell had done the right thing and allowed the open seat on the Court to be filled by President Obama.
Now, Senate Republicans are forcing along Kavanaugh’s confirmation for a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court at a time when it may have to consider a variety of profoundly important questions involving President Trump, including whether he has the power to pardon himself, whether he can fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller without cause, and what the consequences can be if Mueller’s report finds presidential wrongdoing.
McConnell is a partisan bully of the worst kind. It’s the behavior that results in the cycle of retaliation in Congress, where the minority party is bullied by the majority party, then becomes the bully when it eventually takes back control. It didn’t used to be that way.