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President Obama Doing His Job With Court Pick, Will Senate Earn Their Paycheck?

March 16, 2016

America can once again be proud of President Obama.  By placing the name of a Supreme Court nominee front and center he is fulfilling his constitutional duty.   Now it is time for the U.S. Senate to take the next step in the process.

Today the name of federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland will be sent to the senate.  It is a shrewd pick.  At a time when Republicans think a partisan and protracted confirmation battle will play well with their base there is no reason to think the GOP will do anything without pressure from the majority of Americans who are reasonable and understand court vacancies need to be filled.

The reason this pick is most interesting is that first he is  63 years old.  For Republicans who fear a many decades long term on the bench with this pick need not worry.

The judge is a seasoned and highly respected individual having served as chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  And Americans know him.   Garland oversaw the Oklahoma City bombing and “Unabomber” terror cases.

Republicans will without doubt hem and haw and beat their chests about all sorts of contorted reasoning as to why they can not hold hearings or even sit down and talk with the nominee.  We have seen their antics before and all are aware of why government is so dysfunctional when they have power.  The proof is in the pudding.

But voters see it differently.

A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found a plurality of American voters (48%) prefer the Senate vote this year on a replacement for Justice Scalia. A majority (55%) said they would disapprove of the Senate not considering Obama’s nominee.

So now it is time for the taxpayers to expect some return on the money they pay their senators to work in Washington.    There is every understanding that the Constitution dictates the president to do his job, and the senate to then become engaged.  And now I, and a wide swath of the public, want the senate to get to work and do theirs.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2016 5:20 PM

    Thank you, Solly!!

  2. Strict Constructionist Solly permalink
    March 18, 2016 3:07 PM

    I just got off the phone with Senator Johnson’s office (202-224-5323). I asked to leave a leave a message and to get a written response. I asked the Senator to support hearings and an up or down vote on Judge Garland. I said the Senate and the Senator need to do their jobs. And if he won’t, he should resign and not vote on any other matters this year, as he is in the last year of his term and I as a voter want a say in those decisions, so my new senator should make them because they may affect our country for many years ahead (yeah, I know that doesn’t make sense, but that’s turtle-man McConnell’s tortured logic). I also said I am a strict constitutionalist, and I can’t find the article or section of it that says it would be okay if Mittens Romney was president and appointed a conservative in the last year of his term and would like RoJo to specifically tell me where he finds that passage. As Senator Franken said, these arguments beat anything they could come up with on Saturday Night Live for absurdity.

  3. March 16, 2016 4:22 PM

    We agree. If they find him unable to do the job, or something that places him outside the box of acceptability they can reject him, but like you, I too want the confirmation process to start.

  4. tom permalink
    March 16, 2016 2:50 PM

    Putting the selective diction aside for a moment, I believe the Senate should follow the Constitution and begin the confirmation process.

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