They might come to regret that vote when incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who naturally supported Stivers, takes over next month.
Even worse, if Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) becomes president, he may remember who voted against allowing a vote on the nomination of a man Paul introduced with high praise to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I’ve known Greg Stivers for over 20 years as a friend, neighbor and father,” Paul said. “He’s respected in the community, he has wisdom, a sense of justice and a fidelity to the rule of law.”
Stivers eventually was confirmed on a voice vote.
Sure, some might say “nothing personal,” just a protest against outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s use of the “nuclear option” a year ago to limit filibusters on nominations. And Paul may be a forgiving guy, but still, to put Stivers through all the paperwork, the vetting, the hearing and then to vote against him . . .