Well, that didn’t take long.
Despite the Democrats’ spirited push to block the notation of a new Supreme Court justice prior to the 2020 election, it appears as though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has held up his end of the bargain.
The left was openly hoping that a number of Senate Republicans would disagree with the President’s decision to move forward on the nomination, especially after both Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins came out with definitively defiant statements on the matter. But, with perpetual anti-Trump politico Mitt Romney jumping on the McConnell plan, the issue is all-but decided.
Trump, who will announce his nominee Saturday, is all but certain to have the votes to confirm his choice.
“I guess we have all the votes we’re going to need,” Trump told WJBX FOX 2 in Detroit on Tuesday, “I think it’s going to happen.”
Conservatives are pushing for a vote before Election Day. Republicans hold a slim 53-47 majority in the Senate, and a simple majority is needed for confirmation. But with early voting for president already underway in several states, all sides are girding for a wrenching Senate battle
Romney’s statement was brief and to the point.
Romney, R-Utah, backed up his decision by saying it’s not “written in the stars” that the court should have a liberal bent, and Trump’s pick will tip the nation’s high court to become more conservative.
It’s “appropriate,” he told reporters at the Capitol, “for a nation which is, if you will, center right, to have a court which reflects a set of right points of view.”
President Trump has indicated that he will be making an announcement regarding the identity of his nominee on Saturday.
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