Friday, March 18, 2016
Republicans Are Shooting Themselves In The Foot -- Again
I think he's a brilliant pick. Those on the left don't think he's progressive enough, and those on the right don't think he's conservative enough. That's because he's a moderate, who let's the Constitution be his guide instead of trying to impose his own political beliefs through his decisions.
When nominated, he received a majority of the Senate votes from both political parties -- and no one in the Senate seems to have anything bad to say about him. They all believe he is a competent judge, and would probably make a good Supreme Court justice.
In spite of that, the Senate Republicans still say they will not allow Garland to get an up-or-down vote on confirmation. The Republicans are saying it has nothing to do with Garland, but is simply on process. The "process" they are talking about is to wait and let the next president (the person elected next November) make the nomination.
Why are they doing this? I believe there are three reasons:
1. They met and agreed back in January of 2009 to oppose anything President Obama tries to do.
2. They are afraid of their own base voters.
3. They are hoping the next president will be a Republican, who will nominate a Scalia-clone.
I think they are just shooting themselves in the foot -- again. Most of the public has said in poll after poll that they want the Senate to seriously consider whatever nominee President sent them -- and with his nominee being the widely-respected Merrick Garland, I expect that majority of Americans to rise. This purely political failure to do their job could make more people vote against them in November -- and their presidential nominee (especially if that nominee is Trump or Cruz). Their obstruction could well help to elect a Democrat (Clinton or Sanders) -- both of which would likely nominate a far more progressive candidate for the court.
I think at least some of the GOP senators think they could quickly approve Garland after the election, if Clinton or Sanders is elected president. That could be a big mistake. What if the Senate Democrats decide then to let the new president make the nomination -- and block Garland themselves? It could happen, since most of them would love to see another liberal on the court.
The Republicans are playing a dangerous game in obstructing Garland's nomination -- and it could easily backfire on them.