In a roller coaster two-minute segment of Morning Joe, Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) debates Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) about the role of the Senate in confirming Supreme Court Justices. Coons denounces Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's pre-emptive refusal to hold hearings or votes for anyone President Obama nominates to fill Antonin Scalia's seat on the Supreme Court.
"This is a sad development, this is a striking development," Coons said. "In this century, since the Judiciary Committee was formed in the Senate, every single nominee has gotten a hearing, has gotten a vote, just because this is the eighth year of the president's two-term presidency doesn't mean there's anything in the Constitution that we don't have a role to perform, advise and consent and for the Senate to go "nah, nah," that's not advice and consent."
Sen. Gardner responds: "If you look at the Constitution, the two clauses the president shall nominate and the all? Shall provide advice and consent. It's been since 1888 that a Senate of a different party than the president in the White House confirmed a Supreme Court nominee. Joe Biden went to the floor in 1992 and said no more Supreme Court justices from --"
"You know, those senators from Delaware, you have to discount them," inturrupts the host, teasing Sen. Coons.
Gardner finishes: "The 'New York Times' in 1987 said the new majority should have the decision in the Supreme Court choice. Let the American people decide. Let them make that this decision."
"They did [in 2008 and 2012]" shouts NBC's Jonathan Capehart. "I know!" agrees Mika. "And that's why I just--"
Gardner is quick with a response: "What about the election of a majority in 2014? The majority in 2014 --
Capehart fires back: "But the majority doesn't appoint-- the Majority doesn't nominate a Supreme Court. That's what the president does."
Gardner: "They elect the Senate.
"It doesn't consist of refusing to even give the nominee a hearing," Coons says.
"Tell Joe Biden that," quips Gardner.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: And you all are flumoxed as to why Donald Trump is doing so well. Well, there's your answer.
JOE: Why? Is he going to make the Judiciary Committee great again? The hugest committee.
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Nothing gets done. Not even this.