The day after Super Tuesday II, when the presidential candidate front runners in both major political parties trounced their competition, Barack Obama, Occupier of the Oval Office, announced his pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. His choice is Judge Merrick Garland, a Bill Clinton appointee who is currently serving as Chief Judge on the Washington, D.C., circuit court, and by all accounts a committed second amendment foe. From DC Whispers:
That choice is Merrick Garland, a man with left of center rulings, but who is in fact, far left when it comes to the 2nd Amendment rights of gun owners in America and that and that alone, is why he has been chosen by Barack Obama to try and tilt the Supreme Court firmly away from the concept of gun rights in this country.
How does Obama feel about the man? (There’s rarely any thinking involved from Obama other than how to get his way come hook or by crook.)
“I have selected a nominee who is widely recognized not only as one of America’s sharpest legal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency modesty, integrity, evenhandedness and excellence,” Obama said. These qualities and his long commitment to public service have earned him the respect and admiration from leaders from both sides of the aisle.”
It is widely reported that Garland is respected on both sides of the aisle. It may well be that his leftism is transparent and there is no artifice or guile in his manner, but really, we need someone on the Supreme Court to DEFEND the constitution, not rewrite it without ratification.
At the time of Justice Scalia’s death, the leadership in the Senate announced that they would not vet or hold confirmation hearings on any potential nominee in a presidential election year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the rest of the pack prefer to wait until the next president is sworn in, as that person may well nominate someone else, to take on this task, thus allowing the people of the country to have a say in the choice. (Oh, bless their hearts, isn’t that so NICE! For people not from the south, that’s known as sarcasm.)
In a statement Wednesday morning, McConnell cited Biden’s now-infamous 1992 position against Supreme Court nominations in President George H.W. Bush’s final year in office, as well as similar positions taken by outgoing Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and his likely successor, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).
(Yes, karma can be a female dog.)
So, for now, anyway, Mitch McConnell is sticking to his guns about not confirming any more of Obama’s Supreme Court nominations. Stay tuned for more developments.