[Ed. – Here’s hoping the ploy backfires.]
The confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court has easily been one of the ugliest battles in the history of U.S. politics.
Obviously, the hostility began during the 2016 election when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocked the confirmation of President Obama’s SCOTUS nominee Judge Merrick Garland to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. No matter what you thought of the outcome, it was the epitome of dirty politics as well as a stroke of political genius, as the SCOTUS vacancy was a huge factor among those who voted Donald Trump into office.
It’s understandable for Democrats to be bitter over the GOP’s treatment of Garland. He was never given a vote, let alone a confirmation hearing. So when President Trump appointed Judge Neil Gorsuch, it rubbed salt on Democrats’ wound. Predictably, they weren’t on board with confirming a conservative judge, so McConnell expanded the “nuclear option” made famous by his former colleague Harry Reid (D-NV), which paved the way for Gorsuch’s confirmation.