Here are three big reasons why Sen. Mitch McConnell may wish he took his own advice.
Sen. Mitch McConnell has won his Supreme Court bet. Last year he risked control of the Senate by pressing even the most vulnerable Republicans to deny Merrick Garland the barest of consideration. He was rewarded with a Trump presidency. Now he will cash in by installing Neil Gorsuch on the Court after deploying the so-called nuclear option, abolishing the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees.
It’s a victory, too, for all those conservatives who held their noses and pulled the lever for Trump solely because he had promised to put one of their own on the Supreme Court. But when it comes to the confounding politics of the judicial branch, what looks good today might not look good tomorrow.
“You’ll regret this, and you may regret this a lot sooner than you think,” said a prescient McConnell in 2013 when Democrats detonated a smaller procedural nuke, removing the filibuster for lower court nominees and executive branch appointments.
Soon it may be McConnell’s turn for regrets. Beyond pocketing Gorsuch—and replacing one conservative justice for another—nothing about what comes next is guaranteed. Here are three big reasons why McConnell may wish he took his own advice.