June 20th, 2010
01:15 PM ET
4 years ago

McConnell: GOP filibuster of Kagan nomination possible

Washington (CNN) - The top-ranking Senate Republican refused Sunday to rule out a filibuster against Elena Kagan's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, told "FOX News Sunday" it was possible that Republicans would try to prevent a vote on Kagan's nomination when the issue comes before the chamber. The Senate Judiciary Committee begins hearings on the nomination June 28.

"I have never filibustered a Supreme Court nominee," McConnell said. "It is possible, but entirely too early to know whether that would be appropriate."

Previously, other Republican senators had indicated a filibuster against Kagan was unlikely. McConnell, however, would only say it was too soon to determine the possibility.

"The option is open under the Senate procedures, but to predict that that might happen at this stage of the game is entirely premature," McConnell said.

Kagan is President Barack Obama's second nominee to the nation's highest court. Last year, the Senate confirmed his first, Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

If confirmed, Kagan would take the seat of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.


Filed under: Elena Kagan • GOP • Mitch McConnell • Senate • Supreme Court
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. rdepontb

    Senator McConnell,
    Please do not take up any more of our nation's precious remaining patience or energy with wasteful nonsense like this. I have to agree that this conflictive behavior has weakened our federal government on all sides.
    Let's get something constructive done, and PLEASE stop this ridiculous nit-picking activity--it serves no positive end, but instead damages all of our psyches.

    June 20, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. Gil

    I'm so sick of that ignorant sounding Mitch McConnell and always sounding like he doesn't sound like he has an IQ. Then when you listen to what he says you know it isn't just his speech. It is for real! Is there anything that the repuglicans will support besides BP? I find them repulsive!

    June 20, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Betsy

    The Republicans always talk about just getting a chance to vote up or down. Now they retreat from that and want to filibuster. Hypocrites one and all! Yet people keep voting them into office. I guess that says a lot about that segment of the electorate too.

    June 20, 2010 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. MikeH

    McConnel has to be careful, there is so much nationwide anger at the vile, Big-Oil-Loving Republican party, that this sort of obstruction might trigger some Sharon Angle second amendment remedies against the Republicans.

    June 20, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  5. marty

    Mitch McConnell's remarks about the possibility of filibustering Elena Kagan's nomination are becoming tiresome. I can only imagine how much better our country would fare in all aspects if we really and truly had Statesmen/women who would stop the silly bickering and protect our country instead of their party. Money and power have become the #1 priority in this once great country. I recall one of my professors a long time ago saying that it's very easy to fail someone but it's much harder to learn various methods of helping someone achieve ... it takes a bit of hard work. The Mitch McConnell's find it so easy to constantly be negative, much to the detriment of U.S. citizens.

    June 20, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Avram Baskin

    When the Republicans were in power, they deluded themselves into thinking they would remain in power forever. So they felt free to demand straight up or down votes on Bush's judicial nominees and to condemn filibusters. Now that they are out of power their actions expose them as the hypocrits that they are.

    June 20, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Bill in Austin

    The Republican Triumvirate of No (Mitchell, Boehner, Cantor) has once again played the obstructionist card. Can anyone recall just one issue or policy put forth by this administrtion that any of these guys have agreed on? I can't. That's not governing. That is just sour grapes.

    June 20, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Larry

    McConnell is on C.R.E.W.'s list of most corrupt politicians in Washington.

    The Republicans are filibustering every bill that comes to the the Senate floor. It's called obstructionism, and the filibuster should be made an illegal practice.

    Every time you stupid Republicans open your mouths you give us another reason not to vote for you, but you"re to stupid to even know that.

    June 20, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. ib

    Sure hope so; this woman is about as far left as you can get unless you are a person named Obama.

    June 20, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I'd like to know why the GOP didn't have the guts to fillibuster when McCain picked Palin who wasn't vetted and proved to be uneducated as well as unqualified. Kagan is more qualified as a VP as well as a Justice than their beloved Palin would ever be. The GOP reeks of poor judgement.

    June 20, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Amused

    Go ahead Mitch, initiate a filibuster against Kagan, I dare you!

    The timing would be great ... cement the title of "The Party of No!" onto the Republicans just a few weeks before the upcoming election.

    How the heck did Mitch McConnell BECOME the leader of anything? How the heck does this bozo STAY the leader of anything?

    At least John Boehner has entertainment value in the House.

    June 20, 2010 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. John from Brooklyn

    Mitch McConnell and te rest of the GOP should be warned. If they have their sights set on the White House in 2012, they can fully expect NOTHING to get passed through the Senate, since they are never likely to get 60 votes necessary in the Senate to stop Democratic fillibusters.

    The ultra-conservative GOP is out of touch with Americans (thus their 40% minority status in both house of Congress) yet they are willing to use arcane rules of secret holds and fillibusters to stop anything of substance from becoming law or mainstream candidates becoming confirmed for important government roles.

    Their tactics are likely to blow up on them, however, since fillibusters are now seen by BOTH parties as a way of not only seeking compromise (which has been their traditional use) but now to stonewall ANY legislation or nominees the minority party disagrees with (the new radical GOP approach). So, the next GOP president can expect very few, if any, of their legislation being passed or nominees to become confirmed.

    June 20, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Em

    Typical Washington partisanship...suprise, suprise. Of course they will try to filibuster. Go Kagan!!!!!

    June 20, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    Filibuster – -isn't that turtle-faces middle name?

    Why can't the people of KY vote this idiot out? He doesn't do anything for KY, or the USA - he works for corporations and their money.

    June 20, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |