On court, Obama again tries to meet GOP halfway; again, the GOP spurns him

merrick garland

So the “pinata” now has a name: Judge Merrick Garland, nominated by President Obama to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Garland also has a history, a judicial record and a biography. He was valedictorian at Harvard, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law, clerked at the Supreme Court, worked as a federal prosecutor and has served for 19 years on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. And by all accounts that I can find, Garland is as centrist, well-respected, moderate and conciliatory a nominee as Obama could have possibly offered.

Don’t take my word for it; let’s ask Sen. Orrin Hatch, a longtime member and former chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee:

“The president told me several times he’s going to name a moderate, but I don’t believe him,” Hatch told Newsmax last week. “He could easily name Merrick Garland, who is a fine man. But he probably won’t do that because this appointment is about the election. So I’m pretty sure he’ll name someone the [liberal Democratic base] wants.”

Six years ago, Hatch even lobbied publicly for Garland’s appointment to fill the Supreme Court seat later taken by Elena Kagan. “I have no doubts that Garland would get a lot of votes,” Hatch said at the time. “And I will do my best to help him get them.”

The president, in short, has gone out of his way to name somebody whom the Republican-led Senate would find palatable. I suspect that in the next few days we’ll see a lot of prominent conservative legal experts speak out in defense of Garland.

So will the Senate now agree to compromise in return? Will it perform its constitutional duty to advise and consent, rather than obstruct and block?

Sen. Mike Lee, Hatch’s fellow Utahan and also a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, was just asked on Fox News whether the panel will at least give Garland a hearing.

His answer?

“No.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, asked by CNN whether he would even agree to meet with Garland, gave the same answer: No.

Let the pinata bashing begin.

 

 

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lvg
lvg

Just sent my daily hate mail to our esteemed Senators telling them to do their job under the Constitution and quit playing politics. They can fillibuster all they want after the hearings. 

1stTruthOMeter
1stTruthOMeter

Well, if the Donald says there might be a riot if he is denied the nomination from his party, I wonder if that will work for Democrats if the justice nominee is denied a hearing.


What's good for the gander is good for the goose.

1stTruthOMeter
1stTruthOMeter

Conservatives pull stuff out of their rump as they go. This morning I heard one of the women on The View declare that Obama has appointed two justices and that's enough. Now we have another new standard. A president can't appoint more than two justices in his total tenure, and he can't appoint a justice in the last year of his final term.


We learn something new everyday from these regressives.

1stTruthOMeter
1stTruthOMeter

The Right keeps insisting that when a conservative dies/retires from the bench, he should be replaced by one of same ideology. Well if that is the standard, what the hell is Clarence Thomas doing on the bench? He in no way shares the same ideology as Thurgood Marshall. 

JoeBobJoe
JoeBobJoe

I can't believe Bookman and his libtard followers are not complaining about odumbama caving in.  He nominated an old white man. 


Just Bork him.

OldEngineer
OldEngineer

@JoeBobJoe He nominated a good candidate that he thought the Senate would accept. In other words, he did his job and did it well.

Mr_B
Mr_B

@JoeBobJoe Great idea! Since Bork was given a hearing and an up or down vote in the Senate. By all means, let the Borking begin!

Paul42
Paul42

Charles Krauthammer has lost any semblance of being able to critically assess situations.  Last night on Fox's Special Report roundtable:

"The President said today this isn't about ideology, it's about competence.  That's nonsense.  All that was destroyed with the Bork nomination, the most highly competent qualifying nominee ever, struck down entirely on ideology."

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

well shoot, nobody called Deal Sheetz.


headin upstairs. The Heller rant will have to wait, I guess.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

I'm sure we're horribly overreacting to this latest Twunt business.

I'm sure that if Bernie or Hils were to mutter something about "riots" if s/he's not the nominee our righties would assume it was merely figurative, not an actual threat of violence.


Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@JohnnyReb @breckenridge

Garland is anti-gun which by no means makes him a centrist.

Just where do you imagine the center of the country is on the right of local and state government to regulate gun ownership as they see fit, J-Reb?

Peachs
Peachs

@Visual_Cortex @JohnnyReb @breckenridge the trouble with people like Reb and Downs they live in this bubble and think the whole world speak in southern accents. The center of the universe is around Adel, somewhere..

Paul42
Paul42

@DownInAlbany

I've a family member who makes great, fanciful flights of exaggeration like that.

You sure we're not related?

RantNRave
RantNRave

"McConnell is banking on an R win or narrow loss We shall see come November"


@TBS


You CONS are being BAMBOOZLED again.


The Turtle did not make GOOD on his promise


to make Obama a ONE TERM PRESIDENT.


Why do you fools keep listening to his LIES?


The Turtle is just RIDING out his term


and sticking it to his CONSTITUENTS 


and  AMERICA


Stop being SUCKERS for the GOP !


NO WONDER YOU CONS ARE SO ANGRY !



Peachs
Peachs

@RantNRave Trump is not even a majority candidate in his own party, which will not vote for him, if he wins there needs to be a huge investigation. 

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

And before I leave you to play in the panhandle -

Judge Napolitano stated this morning on FOX that the FBI is near on recommending legal action against Hillary.

I'm wondering how our Libby friends will spin the FBI into some right wing conspiracy? 

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@JohnnyReb  

Yeah, about this "Judge Napolitano"? a wiki reminder:

Occupation

Judge (1987–1995)

Attorney (1975–present)

Media Personality (1998–present)


JayBook
JayBook moderator

@JohnnyReb Would that be the same Judge Napolitano who predicted a Hillary indictment over Benghazi?


Conservatism: The perpetual triumph of hope over experience.

Peachs
Peachs

@JayBook @JohnnyReb you want a real test of truth and lies, just line up the statements the right have made, about what would happen to Obama's administration, and what in reality happened. O will be one of the greatest presidents that ever lived, ,while the Republican band played on..

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

I'm gonna say it til the DNC & the DSCC get it - 


ahem...Theyre.Not.Even.Running.For.President.


They're running for the Senate.

They bet the house on keeping the Senate.

They're running 2 candidates in Nov to try & keep the Senate.

The Alamo, the Little Big Horn.

The Senate. The Senate. The Senate.

Peachs
Peachs

@St Simons he-ne-ha I am with you 100%, it is in the air, and the registration is past, for entering the Ga. races, no real contenders on the Dem side, perfect opportunity to be free, and no takers. 

breckenridge
breckenridge

re: Judicial Activism


"The suggestion that the Constitution cannot override the religious beliefs of many American citizens is radical. It would imply, contrary to the provision that forbids religious tests for public office, that religious majorities are special wards of the Constitution. Justice Scalia seems to want to turn the Constitution upside down when it comes to government and religion; his political ideal verges on majoritarian theocracy."  Richard Posner, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge & most cited legal scholar of the 20th century, 12/2/15


Next

Peachs
Peachs

@breckenridge I have never understand why we consider Scalia a legal scholar, it is a lot like Newt, there are many brighter than either of these selfish men. 

TBS
TBS

If Repubs win the WH in all likelihood they hold the Senate.

If they lose the WH in close race they have a good chance of holding the Senate

They lose big they lose the Senate

McConnell is banking on an R win or narrow loss

We shall see come November

breckenridge
breckenridge

 If Garland is to be a pinata, it is Obama who has made him one.

 Johnny Reb just a few salient points here.........


1. By most accounts, Garland is a centrist. 

2. There is a 2 out of 3 chance the next president will be a democrat.

3. I don't know the odds, but there is also a chance democrats will gain control of the US Senate.


So think this through to it's logical conclusion.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@breckenridge there is a rumor of a backroom communication to Obama that if Repubs don't win the White House the Senate will consider Garland during the lame duck.

As I stated below, Garland is anti-gun which by no means makes him a centrist.

TBS
TBS

It's not a rumor

Several Rs have said it to the press

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@TBS 

So all that "the next President should choose" stuff was just lying?

lvg
lvg

@CherokeeCounty @JohnnyReb @breckenridge Quetion is which way would he vote if US presidential election ends up before SCOTUS and would he participate to select a president if his son or close relative is on one of the two adversaries legal team like Scalia did?

Peachs
Peachs

@TBS it is the smartest move by the right, but they are not the brightest at making smart moves. 

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

Well, what is it today? wah wah Harry Reid? wah wah Joe Biden? wah wah it's your fault i break things?

granny-ha was right. 

'Once you lie, you have to tell another lie to cover it up, then another lie, and pretty soon you can't keep up with all your lies.'

Professional liars lose the credibiliteh to call anybody else a liar, because well...they're liars.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@St Simons he-ne-ha Are you ranting about Republicans?  Democrats?  Trump?  Hillary?  Most of your last two sentences would apply...

Peachs
Peachs

@St Simons he-ne-ha I often wonder, if they are so bubbled up they don't know they are lying, it is like incest is ok if everybody in your neighborhood is doing it. 

Peachs
Peachs

@DownInAlbany @St Simons he-ne-ha what professional liars do, like Trump is lie, then call the truth a lie coming from the left.  If you are weak headed you get mixed up on what is what and vote Republican.