More divided? Open court could bring Democrats closer | Government and politics

This streak bodes well for the future 50-50 Senate candidate, where Vice President Kamala Harris would sever all ties. If Democrats are able to stick together, Republicans wouldn’t have the power to prevent Biden’s pick from being confirmed. Supreme Court candidates can no longer filibuster, thanks to a rule change implemented by GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, making party unity the path to certain victory.

On this particular vote, analysts suspect Democrats will be more likely to stay united than Republicans.

“I would say the progressive wing probably has less to worry about than McConnell & Company,” said Russell Wheeler, a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution who follows the judicial nomination process closely. “But we never know.”

Still, news of Breyer’s impending retirement — he plans to leave at the end of the court’s term — prompted cautious, noncommittal responses from Sinema and Manchin.

Sinema tweeted that she would consider Biden’s choice on three criteria: “whether the nominee is professionally qualified, believes in the role of an independent judiciary, and can be trusted to faithfully interpret and uphold the rule of law. “

Manchin told a local radio show, “Talkline,” that he would assess whether the contestant was willing to work with other judges and that “a lot will depend on the character of the person.” Asked if he could support someone who was more liberal than him, Manchin replied that “as far as philosophical beliefs go, no, that won’t stop me from supporting someone”.

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