Credit: Library of Congress.

I believe his confirmation would have a devastating effect on not only the judicial system in Alabama, but also on the progress we have made everywhere toward fulfilling my husband's dream that he envisioned over twenty years ago.

Since McConnell was so opposed to quotations from Coretta Scott King's (admirably restrained) letter to then-Sen. Strom Thurmond on Jeff Sessions' potential nomination to a federal judgeship, here is that letter in full.
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Feb 8, 2017

Mitch McConnell's invocation of Rule XIX after the Heritage Foundation advocated for just that seems…suspicious.

The Heritage Foundation, that cesspool of conservative ideas that is still hanging on, published a primer last month explaining how the Senate majority—Republicans—can silence any dissent from the minority—Democrats—by "strictly enforcing" Rule XIX.

Given the Foundation's close working with the Trump campaign, transition team, and now administration, this seems not coincidental at all.

Feb 8, 2017

Rule XIX, the obscure Senate parliamentary provision used by Mitch McConnell and fellow Republicans to silence Elizabeth Warren's criticism of Jeff(erson Beauregard) Sessions, was implemented at the turn of the 20th century, after South Carolina's two senators got into a public spat over party influence that culminated in a fistfight on the Senate floor.

Quite a far cry from Warren quoting Coretta Scott King.

Senate Rule XIX probably hasn't been invoked in nearly 40 years

Senate Rule XIX is invoked so rarely that the last time reporters on Twitter were able to find it used was in 1979, when one old white man called another an "idiot." Which, to be fair, seems like a much more proper use of the rule.

Feb 8, 2017
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