The Washington Free Beacon puts it pretty succinctly: “Merrick Garland is no closer to confirmation as the next Supreme Court justice than he was at the beginning of April despite a sustained campaign by President Obama’s personal advocacy group financed by some of the country’s top Democratic donors.” Basically, if it hasn’t been made clear by now: if there’s going to be any movement on this nomination, it’s not going to come from the Democratic side. Particularly if it comes from Organizing for Action, which is apparently better at organizing than it is at action.
…I had more to add, but: suffice it to say that there is currently one person who I would trust to pick our next Supreme Court Justice, and that person is named ‘Ted Cruz.’ It’s in everybody’s best interest that Cruz be doing that pick. From the Oval Office.
And, from what I’m hearing, the really interesting race is going to be their Supreme Court showdown. Rebecca Bradley vs. JoAnne Kloppenburg, and people may be up late for that one. Seriously, this one is apparently promising to be close.
Found here. Short version: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to refuse to cave on this nomination. I’m actually having difficulty thinking of ways McConnell could improve on his current performance. I’d be amazed, but I’m too busy trying to figure out how to relaibly replicate the effect.
I cannot for the life of me think of any significant way that Mitch McConnell could have improved on this response. I mean, sure, you could probably find something to quibble over. But that’s just for finding things to quibble over.
Assuming that the Republican party survives this election cycle intact, I have a proposal for dealing with whatever cause du jour that the Democrats come up with in the future. It goes like this: just [expletive deleted]ing ignore it. Don’t even say ‘whatever.’ Don’t even roll the eyes. Just shrug it off and go do something else.
I mean, seriously: think about what’s going on right now with that Supreme Court nomination thing. We told the Democrats that Obama wasn’t going to get to replace Scalia. The Democrats started screaming. And we… ignored them, because we have real problems right now and what do we care if the Democrats are aggrieved over it? And as a result, the Democrats are still trying to push the same buttons of ours that they always push, only this time we legitimately don’t care. They were expecting movement by now. They haven’t gotten any.
Admittedly, we don’t care because we’re in the middle of an existential crisis. But if we happen to come through without exploding, I suggest that this strategy might pay dividends generally. Because it turns out that the Democrats have only a limited ability to force Republicans to do things that Republicans don’t want to do. Go figure…
He’s going to think about it. For background: there’s currently a fight going on over the vacant VA court seat, and Ken Cuccinelli’s name came up as a possible compromise. It wouldn’t be a bad gig for the man, and he’s certainly a reliable conservative for the position.
…And I don’t know enough about the situation to discuss it further.
There’s a certain refreshing honesty in Chuck Schumer’s blatantly naked partisanship. When asked about this statement by Joe Biden in 1992 about George HW Bush getting a Supreme Court pick:
“It would be our pragmatic conclusion that once the political season is underway — and it is — action on a Supreme Court nomination must be put off until after the election campaign is over,” Biden, then a Delaware senator and Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said in June of 1992. “That is what is fair to the nominee and essential to the process.”