Politics 2016: The President’s Supreme Court Nominee

Here are some of my thoughts on President Barack Obama nominating Federal Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court.

President Obama’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court should get an up or down vote. The Republican-controlled Senate should allow this. It is also up to the President to nominate someone who can get the required votes in that Republican-controlled Senate to be confirmed.

Whether Republicans like it or not their argument that Americans need a say in this process is hogwash. Americans did speak – they elected Barack Obama (twice).

As of today, there are 310 days left in the President’s term. By nominating Merrick Garland, the President has done his constitutional duties. Garland was confirmed before (1997) to the Federal Court (76-23) with 32 Republicans voting for him.

The Republicans in the Senate should do their constitutional duty.

For a Republican U.S. Senator (or a Democrat Senator if the tables were turned) to come out and say they will oppose any hearing or votes for the President’s nominee to the Supreme Court is one of the reasons people are mad as hell at the Federal government. It’s also one of the reasons the job approval rating for Congress is around 13%.

There are very few statesmen and stateswomen left in Washington, let alone adults.

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  1. […] In case you missed it, I wrote about the President nominating Merrick Garland for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court and the shenanigans surrounding it. Read it HERE. […]

  2. Well said Mike

    • Cheryl – Thank you! -JmB

  3. While you are probably right, the Senate will not act on this. They will roll the dice on winning the election and deciding next year. That is their choice by the law. It is the actions of Harry Reid and Obama himself against the GOP that has brought us to this point. All that will happen this year is we have to listen to the Democrats whine about it. at the top of their lungs..

    • Barry – Thanks. It just ticks off the voters when they play these silly games. We’ll see how it works out for the Republicans because they have a lot of senate seats to defend this time around. -JmB

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