What they’re saying: GOP triumphant while Democrats reel on Kennedy’s retirement

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s departure from the Supreme Court has incited triumphant celebration from Republicans and panicked alarm from Democrat eager to have a say over the fate of his successor.

One common theme: Some top Democrats want to delay the confirmation process of the next Justice until after the midterm elections — using Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s dismissal of President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland in the run-up to the 2016 election, as precedent. But while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer argues that Senate Republicans “should follow the rule they set in 2016: Not to consider a Supreme Court justice in an election year,” McConnell is pushing back by stating, “There’s no presidential election this year.”

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