"They're going to wind up, as a result of this, losing Senate seats they shouldn't have lost. I'm kind of glad they're doing it, but it's so foolish." Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid
The nomination of Appellate Court judge Merrick Garland was front and center on NBC's Meet The Press this morning, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insisting even if a Democrat wins the White House, there will be no "lame duck" session vote on Judge Garland.
"We're not giving a lifetime appointment to this president" groused Senator McConnell.
Meanwhile, presidential candidate John Kasich walked back a remark he made only hours earlier, about how he thinks Republican senators should give Judge Garland the courtesy of meeting, and White House chief of staff, Denis McDonough, offered his observation that progress had been made this week in the nomination battle.
Moderator Chuck Todd was in full attack mode toward parties on both sides as he questioned them about the current SCOTUS fight, asking Harry Reid to defend his words from 11 years ago in another SCOTUS battle when he said: "The duties of the United States Senate are set forth in the Constitution of the United States. Nowhere in that document does it say the senate has a duty to give presidential nominees a vote."
"This is the same thing as you guys talk about the 'Biden rule,' Senator Reid snapped back. "There is no Biden rule. What happened then was it worked out, and it was an effort to try to get something done. What I have tried to do during my entire career in Congress and in the Senate is to get rid of obstruction.
And what we've found the last eight years especially with Republicans, Boehner first and McConnell, is everything was obstructed. That was what they set out to do. And they've done a good job of it. But we have always tried, and I have been part of that for many years, to get rid of obstruction. I don't believe in it."
Reid went on to say he thought the Republican senators would not continue to stand behind McConnell's plan to stonewall Judge Garland's nomination, and predicted the Republicans' refusal to do their job would cost them senate seats this fall.
"And their excuses are lame," Reid told Chuck Todd. "They're going to wind up as a result of this foolishness losing Senate seats they shouldn't have lost. I'm kind of glad they're doing it, but it's so foolish. He is - McConnell is leading his senators over the cliff. And I am telling everybody that's watching this, the senators aren't going to allow that.
Here's Senator Reid with his optimistic prediction:
By the way, Senator Reid made one other "out-on-a-limb" prediction on Meet the Press today, revealing that he reassured Judge Garland:
"This is going to break. You're going to become a Supreme Court justice."
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