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There’s a New Supreme Court Opening, and Murphy and Blumenthal Want to Wait

June 27, 2018 By Staff
There’s a New Supreme Court Opening, and Murphy and Blumenthal Want to Wait

The senior senator and the junior senator don't want a vote on a second Trump Supreme Court nominee this year.

The political world was shook Wednesday by the announcement that Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring at the end of July.

Kennedy was appointed by President Reagan but long seen as a swing vote on the Supreme Court. President Trump will seek to appoint Kennedy’s replacement, who is expected to be more conservative than Kennedy.

An apparently-surprising gulf developed between Connecticut’s two senators, Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).

Blumenthal, who serves on the Judiciary Committee, said Democrats should not do what Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-KY) did to President Obama in 2016; that is, block a president’s nomination until after elections.

Blumenthal, however, appeared to renege on the prior comments later, with tweets that a confirmation vote should “take place after a new Congress is seated.”

Murphy, meanwhile, still appears stung by McConnell’s tactics in 2016, and called for the Senate to wait on the 2018 midterms.

The latter is a risky strategy, though. Though the overall midterm map is favorable to Democrats in 2018, some still believe Republicans could expand on their Senate majority in the 2018 midterms.

NOTE: This post was updated to reflect Blumenthal’s new position.