After two days of relative comity in the Senate Judiciary Committee, what prompted this tongue-lashing from chair Lindsey Graham? Democrats on the panel played some games with quorums this morning in an attempt to stall the next phase of the hearings, and a few lashed out at Graham for breaking “norms” by supposedly rushing Amy Coney Barrett through the confirmation process.
The lowlight of these games came when Dick Durbin insisted that Graham was breaking the rules by proceeding without two Democrats present. Graham was scheduling the committee vote at the time, which will trigger the floor vote in the full Senate that Democrats have no way to stop:
Judging by his exhausted demeanor, Graham was fully expecting the Democratic panelists to try and stop the proceedings to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. First it was Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who told the chairman he could not move forward until at least another member of the minority was present. Then Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) interjected to introduce a motion to delay the vote.
“No, we’re not going to do that,” Graham said, shaking his head.