While speaking to NBC News recently, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain had a powerful condemnation of the “nuclear option” for confirming Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. This meant the Senate Republicans would change the rules in order to allow a simple majority vote to win his confirmation instead of the 60 typically needed to overcome a procedural vote to end debate.
As it turns out, Republicans did not have enough Democrat votes to overcome that 60-vote procedural threshold. In the past, that scenario was seen as a tool used to “moderate” the most important political processes, like selecting a judge. It keeps both hyper-conservative and hyper-liberal judges off federal benches.
The fact that Republicans were willing to end this rule has drawn ire from the majority of Americans whose politics lie somewhere in the middle. One Republican Senator, the generally-moderate John McCain had powerful words about Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell’s willingness to “go nuclear.”
“After 200 years, at least 100 years of tradition of where the Senate is functioning pretty well, that they think it’d be a good idea to blow it up. Idiot.”
He gets even more heated:
“No, whoever says that is a stupid idiot who has not been here and seen what I’ve been through and how we were able to avoid that on several occasions. They are stupid and they have deceived their voters because they are so stupid.”
Watch McCain’s statement here: