McConnell Doesn’t Rule Out a Kagan Filibuster
On Fox News Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell did not rule out the possibility of a filibuster of Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination (see HERE for a summary). Quoting Sen. McConnell:
I have never filibustered a Supreme Court nominee. It is possible, but entirely too early to know whether that would be appropriate…. The option is open under the Senate procedures, but to predict that that might happen at this stage of the game is entirely premature.
While Sen. McConnell, then, seems at least open to the possibility of a Republican-led filibuster, recall that at least three of his Republican colleagues — Sens. Scott Brown, Susan Collins, and Jon Kyl — have tamped down talk of a filibuster (see HERE and HERE).
Sen. Collins: “At this point, I do not see the extraordinary circumstances that I use as a standard to determine whether to filibuster a nominee.”
Sen. Kyl: “The filibuster should be relegated to the extreme circumstances, and I don’t think Elena Kagan represents that.”
Reminder: Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings begin next Monday, June 28.