It should surprise no one, then, that McConnell is now brazenly playing a public game of will-he-or-won’t-he about confirming any Biden nominees if Republicans take the Senate in November. McConnell and his colleagues have been rewarded richly for being cute with the Constitution and Senate rules. They have no reason to stop.
McConnell will almost certainly be chosen to lead his caucus again next year. With that record of being rewarded for his conduct around judges, why wouldn’t McConnell pledge, or at least hint, that he won’t confirm any of Biden’s nominees? It would be foolish for him not to.
Like Pavlov’s dog salivating upon hearing a bell ringing, Mitch McConnell shouldn’t be faulted for reacting to stimulus in a predictable and natural way. It’s just time that Democrats and voters got aggressive about taking away the bell.