Democrats Wrong To Reject a Court Nominee Before One Is Even Named
Senate Democrats are going to try to bring down Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick no matter who is chosen to the fill the current vacancy. That news today is simply the wrong way to head as we move towards a court selection.
With Trump prepared to announce his nominee on Tuesday evening news was made when Senator Merkley stated in an interview that he will filibuster any pick that is not Merrick Garland.
As readers know the Suprmee Court was the Number One reason I supported Hillary Clinton for the White House. I fully grasp the magnitude as to why this court battle is so all-important. But for Democrats to throw away all political skills over this matter is absurd.
It is folly to say that even before a nominee is named that person will be totally unsuitable. The American public will find this attitude wrong. For those who agree with me and want a nominee who is not a strict constructionist or holds to some other judicial oddity, the move to reject anyone–even before being named–is simply most problematic. The short-sighted tactic now will harm us later when the strong support from the public may very well be much needed.
With certainty a highly conservative nominee will find that the vast majority of the Democratic caucus will be in opposition. That means Trump’s nominee will need 60 votes to be confirmed by the Senate. And should the nominee not be in the center of judicial thinking the use of power should be employed to stop the nominee.
But the public will reject as unfair the tactic that Democrats are making prior to a name even being offered for nomination. That attitude is not the way we should ever undertake the art of governing. I certainly do not want my side of the aisle operating in this fashion.