On Monday, Arizona Sen. John McCain walked back a promise to help oppose Hillary Clinton’s Supreme Court choices if he were part of a Republican Senate majority.
According to The Hill, McCain seemed to intimate he might even be open to supporting said candidates, no matter their ideological backgrounds.
McCain’s spokeswoman, Rachel Dean, said that McCain “believes you can only judge people by their record,” and even though Clinton “has a clear record of supporting liberal judicial nominees,” McCain would consider them.
“Sen. McCain will, of course, thoroughly examine the record of any Supreme Court nominee put before the Senate and vote for or against that individual based on their qualifications as he has done throughout his career,” Dean’s statement continued.
The statement was released only a few hours after McCain promisingly told a Philadelphia radio station that the Republican Senate, should the GOP maintain a majority, was ready to use its advise and consent role it had kept locked up in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s desk for the entirety of the Obama administration.
“I promise you that we will, we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton — if she were president — would put up,” McCain said. “This is why we need the majority.”
The sad thing is that Republicans could arguably get more done under a Hillary administration than they could have achieved during eight years of Obama if the Congress we send to Washington with our votes did what we voted for them to do.
If McCain’s words are any indication, that’s not happening anytime soon.