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McConnell: ‘Way Too Early’ to Rule out Kagan Filibuster

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said Kagan could be filibustered under “extraordinary circumstances.”

 “It’s way too early to be making a decision about the issue of whether there should be a 60-vote threshold on the nominee,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said today on ABC News/Washington Post’s “Top Line.”

“I’ve never voted for a filibuster on a Supreme Court nomination. The president, the vice president, Senator [Harry] Reid and Senator [Patrick] Leahy have. But in any event it’s way too early to be thinking about that. We just heard the nomination this morning and haven’t even begun the process before the committee of reviewing her qualifications.”

Pointing out that the Democrats have tried to filibuster Supreme Court nominees, while Republicans have not, is a nice rhetorical move, by the bye.

McConnell also indicated that Kagan’s lack of judicial experience will be a theme of the confirmation battle.

“She’s the least qualified [nominee] in terms of judicial experience in 38 years,” McConnell said. “Now some would argue that maybe we need to have people who don’t have judicial experience. I saw a survey indicating about 70 percent of the American people think judicial experience is a good idea for somebody who’s going to be on the Supreme Court.

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