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Democrats weigh vengeance on Republicans over judges

Posted On: Jul 22, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Democrats weigh vengeance on Republicans over judges

Republicans are steamrolling Democrats on judges. But the question of whether to be as cutthroat as the GOP is already splitting the party as the 2020 campaign ramps up. The left has been radicalized by the Republican offensive, with activists and several presidential candidates eager for payback against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell the next time Democrats take power. But centrist Democrats and the handful of institutionalists still roaming the Capitol want the party to set a different example than the GOP, not mimic it. “When you think about Merrick Garland and what McConnell has done to the Senate, there's a lot of feelings of vengeance and revenge," said Sen. Dick Durbin , the No. 2 Senate Democrat. “We just hope the better angels of our nature will prevail.” The party doesn't have to settle the question just yet. But if Democrats take the Senate and the White House in 2020, their choice will determine whether the party can begin to reshape the federal judiciary after President Donald...

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