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McConnell brags about obstructing Merrick Garland nomination 16 days after whining about obstruction

Fuck you, Mitch McConnell. Fuck you in your scurfy chelonian exoskeleton.

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ThinkProgress:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday ignored his past condemnations of Democratic obstruction, releasing a three-minute campaign kickoff video for his 2020 re-election bid, centering on his successful 293 day blockade of Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

“It is the president’s constitutional right to nominate a Supreme Court justice. And it is the Senate’s constitutional right to act as a check,” McConnell says in a voiceover. “The next president may also nominate someone very different.”

Footage of Trump swearing in Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh follows, interspersed with clips of Fox News anchors recounting McConnell’s part in pushing them through the Senate.

And this was also Mitch McConnell, in a Politico op-ed … 16 FUCKING DAYS AGO:

The all-encompassing, systematic nature of this obstruction is not part of the Senate’s important tradition of minority rights. It is a new departure from that tradition. And this break with tradition is hurting the Senate, hamstringing our duly elected president, and denying citizens the government they elected.

Moreover, if we let this partisan paralysis continue, it will define a new norm for the future. It’s hard to imagine any future presidency of either party would be spared.

We can’t accept this. We need to stop this bizarre, new practice. We need to rebuild a nominations process that resembles the way things worked for more than two centuries.

We’re used to Mitch McConnell’s special brand of hypocrisy by now. But I’ll wager we haven’t accepted it. Not by a long shot.

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