Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., answers questions from reporters about challenges facing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law in the Supreme Court next week, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 23, 2012. The GOP leader criticized the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as "Obamacare," as the single worst piece of legislation during his time in Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Now We Will See if McConnell Has What it Takes

For years, Mitch McConnell and all his staffers that he has seeded throughout the cocktail circuit of Washington have spread stories about his effectiveness, ruthlessness, and Darth Vader like skills.

Random trivia: you will note by going on Lexis-Nexis that the only people who have ever compared Mitch McConnell to Darth Vader are McConnell’s staffers who claim that McConnell’s opponents say it about him.

While it is fitting that McConnell’s kids would compare him to a man who cut off his own son’s hand and then lost the Death Star twice to a rag-tag group of rebels, that is not the image they really intend to convey through the Vader comparison. But I disgress.

In any event, over the past decade, Harry Reid has proven that he can run circles around Mitch McConnell any day of the week and three times on Wednesdays. This coming year, Chuck Schumer is going to be the Senate Minority Leader and his Democrats intend to obstruct Trumps’ nominations as pay back for the Merrick Garland non-nomination.

“They’ve been rewarded for stealing a Supreme Court justice. We’re going to help them confirm their nominees, many of whom are disqualified?” fumed Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). “It’s not obstruction, it’s not partisan, it’s just a duty to find out what they’d do in these jobs.”

Senate Democrats can’t block Trump’s appointments, which in all but one case need only 51 votes for confirmation. But they can turn the confirmation process into a slog.

Any individual senator can force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold procedural votes on nominees. Senior Democrats said a series of such votes are likely for many of Trump’s picks.

Democrats could conceivably force up to 30 hours of debate for each Cabinet nominee, which would be highly disruptive for a GOP Senate that usually works limited hours but has big ambitions for next year.

Notice the idiot from Ohio thinks the voters “rewarded” the GOP “for stealing a Supreme Court justice,” and he thus wants to punish the GOP for the audacity of voters supporting them.

McConnell can prove he is as effective and ruthless as Harry Reid and his predecessors. But I won’t hold my breath.

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