Reid: GOP will 'cave' in SCOTUS fight
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDraft House bill ignites new Yucca Mountain fight Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Warren builds her brand with 2020 down the road MORE (D-Nev.) on Wednesday suggested Republicans will relent and eventually take up President Obama's Supreme Court nomination despite widespread opposition.

"I first of all think that they’re going to cave in. I think the president’s going to give us a nominee that’s a good one, and I think they’re going to have to hold hearings and have a vote," Reid said at a Democratic caucus event in Reno, Nev. 

Reid was referring to Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellLawmakers push one-week stopgap funding bill Overnight Finance: Inside Trump's tax plan | White House mulls order pulling out of NAFTA | New fight over Dodd-Frank begins Dem rep: Trump's tax plan as believable as 'magic, unicorns or Batman' MORE's (R-Ky.) statement Saturday that the next president should be allowed to fill the Supreme Court seat left open by Justice Antonin Scalia's death. 

While Republicans initially rallied around McConnell's strategy, a growing number have suggested they could be open to having a hearing, depending whom the president nominates.  

Reid said McConnell made a "terrible mistake" that would have political consequences if they "jerk the president around" ahead of the 2016 elections, in which Republicans are defending 24 Senate seats. 

Reid and other top Senate Democrats have slammed Republicans, accusing the GOP of ignoring its constitutional duties and playing politics. They have pointed to the confirmation of Anthony Kennedy under President Ronald Reagan in an election year.  

Despite Democratic opposition to what they view as GOP stalling tactics, Reid said Democrats would not block all other Senate legislation in retaliation if Republicans refuse to take up Obama's nominee. 

"I had someone ask me, 'Are you going to shut down the Senate if they don’t allow this?' and I said there’s no reason to shut anything down; we’re not doing anything anyway," he said.  

Democrats have repeatedly needled McConnell over his focus on passing the 12 appropriations bills through "regular order."