Durbin: Supreme Court fight will energize voters in both parties 

Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate GOP eyes probes into 2016 issues 'swept under the rug' Senate gears up for Green New Deal vote Senate Dems petition Saudi king to release dissidents, US citizen MORE (Ill.) on Wednesday evening called on Republicans to delay a vote on replacing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy until after the fall elections, while acknowledging the fight will energize both parties’ bases.

“I think people will be energized. The polls indicate they are following this very closely and this announcement by Justice Kennedy will pique their interest even more,” Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, told Hill.TV correspondents Molly Hooper and Alison Spann.

Durbin echoed other party leaders in suggesting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Dems look for traction following Barr-Mueller findings Senate GOP eyes probes into 2016 issues 'swept under the rug' Senate gears up for Green New Deal vote MORE (R-Ky.) follow the precedent he set in 2016 when he delayed a Supreme Court nomination vote until after the election. Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandSenate gears up for Green New Deal vote GOP eager to exploit Dem court-packing fight GOP lawmaker offers constitutional amendment capping Supreme Court seats at 9 MORE, former President Obama’s nominee for the court, never got a vote. President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' MORE then got his own nominee, Neil Gorsuch, approved in 2017.

“It all depends on Sen. McConnell,” Durbin said. “If he is consistent, and uses his own rule, we’ll wait four months and have an election and let the American people decide what the majority in Congress will do in the next session,” he said.