In an unprecedented move, Republicans have – for the first time ever – unilaterally decided to ignore the constitution and disallow the current president to select the next Supreme Court justice. More specifically, Obama DID select a nominee, Judge Merrick Garland (a rather moderate judge, originally appointed to Federal judgeship by President George W. Bush). Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader from Kentucky, has decided that the Senate will withhold hearings to allow voters to have a say (which, by the way, they already have. Obama WON that election. And then he was RE-elected.). Their rational for obstruction is that this late in a presidency, it should be up to the American people to have a say through the ballot box in November.
We could offer some scathing commentary on this dangerous move, on the hypocrisy of the Republicans, and how this damages our balance of powers. But I won’t (I DO encourage all of you to join the conversation through our comments!).
I WILL report that Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid, has suggested Democrats might have a way forward. News outlet Reuters reported that they might attempt to force a vote on a series of procedural motions that could pave the way for a vote on Garland. He is using Trump as the, well – trump. He hopes to use Trump as a wedge, inviting more moderate Republicans who fear his unpredictability to join the Democrats in ending this unconstitutional obstructionism. Reid added, “We have a couple of options and we are deciding when to do that. And if we should do that. When and if. They spend a lot of time these Republicans, spending a lot of energy trying to separate themselves from Donald Trump. But as long as they’re holding a Supreme Court seat open for him, they’re his minions. They’re his enablers.”
It could also put more pressure on the Republicans to allow a vote out of fear that Hillary Clinton will win the election. Because Garland is a more moderate judge, the thought is that Clinton might be able to appoint a more liberal judge. To be honest, that would be rather poetic irony.
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