President Obama’s nomination of the moderate federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court is, perhaps, his most blatant trolling of Republicans during his entire presidency. Make no mistake, Garland is eminently qualified. Not only that, he’s liked by Democrats and Republicans alike.
NPR’s SCOTUS-watcher Nina Totenberg described Garland as a “gentle individual” and pointed out that Republican efforts to villainize him would run smack into the reality that he is a moderate, mild, and non-ideological judge.
Republican Senator Orrin Hatch is on the record as saying that Garland is a “consensus candidate” and that he had “no question” that he would be confirmed when he was being considered for the Supreme Court back in 2010.…Read more ›