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In a shocking maneuver of political brinkmanship, Mitch McConnell told Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday that he won’t consider holding a hearing on President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland unless the National Rifle Association (NRA) offers its approval first.

I can’t imagine that a Republican majority in the United States Senate would want to confirm, in a lame duck session, a nominee opposed by the National Rifle Association and the National Federation of Independent Businesses [NFIB].

Wallace did push back calling McConnell’s statement an example of hypocrisy.

But frankly, isn’t there a fair amount of hypocrisy on both sides here. Right now President Obama is calling for an up or down vote on his nominee. You [to McConnell] oppose that, but back in 2005 when George W. Bush was president you made exactly the same argument that Barack Obama is making now.

Watch McConnell’s response:

Of course, McConnell refuses to acknowledge the comparison, and proceeds to split hairs in that characteristic manner of obfuscation McConnell is so good at conjuring.