You will probably also remember Walker because he’s the guy McConnell had to go party with, along with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, instead of passing what he later called an “urgent” coronavirus response bill. He put the Senate in recess for a long weekend so that he and Kavanaugh, for whom Walker clerked, could celebrate their right-wing extremism together.
HuffPost’s Jennifer Bendery sums up what Walker, who has a committee hearing for this big promotion on Tuesday, has to recommend him. “McConnell has known him since high school, McConnell knows his grandfather, and McConnell recommended him to the White House last year for a Kentucky district court seat.”
Democrats have been arguing that if they’re going to be forced back to D.C. to do work, it had better be critical work that helps the nation in this crisis. “Rather than holding routine hearings, we need to address this public health emergency and the administration’s implementation of funding,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California and ranking member on the Judiciary Committee said last week.
Like McConnell gives a damn whether the Trump administration is responding to the crisis responsibly or even with a modicum of effectiveness and transparency. He simply doesn’t care. He doesn’t care if his actions kill off his own colleagues, he’s not going to lament the deaths of thousands, or tens of thousands, of strangers. Not if he can capture the federal courts for the next generation and undo a century’s worth of social progress.