I believe I said that I would have held hearings on Judge Garland for the Supreme Court, only to reject him out of hand—on a party-line vote, if need be.
Returning to the University of Chicago Law School where he once lectured in constitutional law, Mr. Obama also boasted that he has “transformed” the federal judiciary by appointing record numbers of minorities, even as he sought to reassure critics that Judge Garland is a mainstream nominee.
Mr. Obama said Senate Republicans’ refusal to hold hearings or to meet with Judge Garland is “not acceptable.”
“What’s not acceptable, I believe, is the increasing use of the filibuster for somebody who’s clearly within the mainstream,” Mr. Obama said. “Or to essentially say we are going to nullify the ability of a president who is from another party from making an appointment.”
Once a lecturer, always a lecturer. Now, as then, nobody’s listening. Credit to Mitch McConnell for following the Biden-Schumer policy of no lame-duck SCOTUS nominees—ever.
“President Obama is the first president to have filibustered a Supreme Court nominee, and he did so on the basis that he believes justices should decide the most difficult cases according to their personal political preferences,” said Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network. “Now, at the end of a failed and extremely divisive presidency, he is apparently willing to say and do anything to create the most liberal Supreme Court majority in decades.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned Americans not to fall for the president’s characterization of Judge Garland as a “moderate.” He said the president is trying to fool the public.
“It’s just a useful piece of spin that’s been dutifully echoed across the expanse of the left and in the media for years,” Mr. McConnell said on the Senate.
Playing by the rules, and being “fair” to the other guy is how Republican presidents end up nominating the David Souters and the John Roberts of the Supreme Court. Where was Obama’s “moderate” tendency when nominating Wise Latina and Elena Kagan? We’ve shared with you before the stastistics showing how the liberal wing on the court votes as a bloc around 90% of the time, well above any conservative bloc-voting. There’s no telling what undiscovered rights five liberal justices will find in Obama’s scorned “charter of negative liberties”.
The American people, in their wisdom, elected a Republican Congress. What the Left calls obstruction, I call balance. Sometimes, you get to say no. Sometimes, you have to.
And for old jug-ears to call anything “unacceptable” is too rich for words. You want to sing a duet of dueling unacceptables, sir? I’ve got a guitar if you’ve got a banjo.