When Republicans announced this week that they would not even hold hearings for President Barack Obama's eventual nominee to the Supreme Court, Democrats were floored.
They weren’t expecting the political battle royale Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) challenged them to, but publicly and privately they say that they think McConnell has overreached and given them a political opening.
A Democratic leadership aide called the situation “a win, win, win, win, win for us."
"All we have to do is not screw this up," the aide said.
The biggest test for Democrats, and the source of the most uncertainty, is sustaining the message all the way until November. With no confirmation hearings, high-profile courtesy calls for the nominee to pay to GOP senators, or any of the other media-heavy trappings of the normal confirmation process, keeping the story afloat will be their challenge. But that effort is already underway.
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