McConnell fuels Democrat panic, announces GOP will vote on Kennedy successor before midterms

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spiked the panic on the left by announcing efforts to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy before the midterms.

The Supreme Court Justice announced his retirement Wednesday, effective July 31, after more than three decades on the high court. His successor, chosen by President Trump, could transform the Supreme Court for years to come and the left is in a meltdown.

 

“We will vote to confirm Justice Kennedy’s successor this fall,” McConnell said on the Senate floor after the news broke.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley echoed the expectations that the nomination process would begin soon.

“For more than three decades, Justice Kennedy served with great distinction on the Supreme Court of the United States,” the Iowa Republican said in the statement, according to CNN. “I expect the President will soon nominate someone for the Senate to consider. I encourage the President to choose a nominee with the credentials, intellect and commitment to the rule of law necessary to serve on the Supreme Court.”

Democrats are already gearing up for a fight, however, as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer took to the floor and Twitter to raise the alarm.

The Senate rule change allowed Supreme Court justices to be approved by a simple majority, a fact Democrats, who only control 49 seats in the chamber, are acutely aware of.

Of course, McConnell warned Democrats back in 2013 that they would regret the so-called “nuclear option.” Then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had started the process in order to change Senate rules and prevent the minority from filibustering nominations.

“You’ll regret this, and you may regret this a lot sooner than you think,” McConnell had said almost prophetically on the Senate floor.

And it seems the times have caught up with them.

The left kicked into high gear on Twitter as McConnell’s words unfolded Wednesday.

But conservatives across the nation are too busy celebrating the soon-to-be-named Trump nominee to worry about the liberal meltdown.

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