This morning, Mitt Romney announced that “he will support holding a vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee this year.” That means that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the votes to confirm the next justice before the election. This is a major victory for President Trump, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham.

With this confirmation, the ideological balance of the Supreme Court will change dramatically. Swapping out RBG, then swapping in Amy Coney Barrett, if that’s President Trump’s pick, is a hole the size of the Grand Canyon ideologically speaking. But I digress.

Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday he will support holding a vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee this year, all but assuring Republicans can push forward with filling the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death.

“The Constitution gives the President the power to nominate and the Senate the authority to provide advice and consent on Supreme Court nominees,” the Utah Republican said in a statement. “Accordingly, I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the President’s nominee. If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications.”

Game. Set. Match. Or to use a different metaphor, “Checkmate.” That doesn’t mean that Democrats will go quietly. Democrats will overplay their hand just as certain as the Grand Canyon is deep or Mt. McKinley is tall.

Trump plans to announce his choice for the lifetime Supreme Court appointment on Saturday. The court vacancy has supercharged tensions in an already fraught election. While the GOP hopes the prospect of securing a 6-3 conservative majority on the court will excite voters, Democrats have denounced the push to fill the seat before the end of Trump’s term as they try to gain Senate control from Republicans in November.

While there’s no doubt that this GOP victory will fire Democrats up, there’s little doubt that this victory will fire up Republicans, too. This is a good explanation from Sen. Romney:

In other breaking news this morning, President Trump tweeted when he’ll make the announcement:

Rest assured that Democrats will fundraise off this announcement. The truth is that they already are. The confirmation process will help Senate Republicans because Judiciary Committee Democrats aren’t too bright.

Mazie Hirono, Sheldon Whitehouse, Kamala Harris and Richard Blumenthal are each capable of making idiots out of themselves without noticing that they’re looking like idiots. A nominee like Amy Coney Barrett would slice and dice those legal midgets in a New York minute.

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