Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) didnt write off the possibility that Republicans could use the filibuster against President Barack Obamas Supreme Court nominee, but he said it was unlikely that his party would do so.
Its highly unlikely unless the nominee is an extraordinary individual outside the mainstream with really bizarre views, McConnell said on Fox News Sunday.
McConnell, who attended a bipartisan meeting with the president on this issue last week, said Obama didnt tip his hand on who he would pick. The Senator declined to comment on the list of potential nominees.
It ought to be an orderly process, not a rush to judgment, McConnell said. This is a lifetime appointment, a very significant position, and were going to go through the process fairly.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.