— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) October 17, 2016
And this is Good News for John McCain as it helps him consolidate his Teabagging base.
This is basically saying that any Democrat is fundamentally illegitimate and they are not allowed to do their job. A Senate that is split 51-49 in either direction with Clinton in the White House gives the Republicans plenty of space to haggle over nominees. They could make it clear that nominees X, Y, Z could easily get approved by eighty votes while nominees A,B,C would need either a party line vote (which is a tough vote for Plain state Democrats) or would fail completely.
But no, no to haggling, no to norms, no to anything other than control. This is a rolling Constitutional crisis.
But it is good news for John McCain.