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GOP Laughs at Dems’ Scorched Earth Threats as Supreme Court Battle Begins

Drew Angerer

Democrats—livid and galvanized by the GOP’s confirm-at-all costs approach to the new U.S. Supreme Court vacancy—have spent the last 24 hours boosting their 2020 candidates, rallying around the banner of Merrick Garland, and, increasingly, hashing out their own scorched-earth political tactics.

“Mitch McConnell set the precedent. No Supreme Court vacancies filled in an election year,” tweeted Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), hours after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday. “If he violates it, when Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court.”

The idea, previously confined to the party’s left flank, is quietly gaining steam among staffers and aides in corners of the Senate Democratic caucus, who were livid on Saturday at seeing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and other top Republicans urging a swift confirmation of President Trump’s nominee—whoever that person ends up being—after blocking Garland, Obama’s nominee, in 2016, by saying the voters should decide who got to fill the slot.

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