The name of Obama’s sacrificial lamb has finally been released.
Speaker of the House Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) says it isn’t going to happen.
Can we believe him?
Should we believe him?
I’m not inclined to believe him, how about you?
It is certainly within his right, some would say his obligation to do so.
If Garland is such an outstanding selection, why did Obama, who was high on Garland as a top contender for the last Supreme Court opening in 2010, ultimately fill the seat with his then-solicitor general, Elena Kagan?
Perhaps a truer test than who is nominated for president by the Republicans is if they will stick together and block this obvious leftward tilting judges nomination during the Senate Confirmation Hearings.
Obama will nominate Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, to the Supreme Court, a White House official confirmed to The Hill Wednesday morning.
He is expected to formally announce the nomination at 11 a.m. at the White House.
“Merrick Garland … has more federal judicial experience than any other Supreme Court nominee in history,” the official said.
“No one is better suited to immediately serve on the Supreme Court.” (REALLY?)
The selection of Garland fulfills Obama’s goal of putting forth a nominee who has support from both Republicans and Democrats.
Regardless, the nomination is sure to trigger a partisan battle in the Senate, where GOP leaders have pledged to block any Obama nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
News of Garland’s selection leaked out after Obama held a conference call with Democrats on the Judiciary Committee.
Obama called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday morning.
The GOP leader reiterated his position that the Senate will not hold hearings or votes on the nominee.
“We think the people should choose, as we’ve said repeatedly,” McConnell told reporters after the call.
Republicans argue an Obama pick would undoubtedly shift the balance of the court to the left and want the next president to decide Scalia’s successor.
But in Garland, Obama is putting forth a candidate he believes is deserving of GOP support.
The 63-year-old judge has built a reputation as a moderate who is well-liked by Republicans.
His professional resume is similar to many justices already on the high court.
The judge has proven to be confirmable in a Republican-controlled Senate.
The upper chamber in 1997 voted 76-23 to confirm him.
Thirty-two Republicans joined the majority, seven of whom are still in office.
The D.C. Circuit has long been considered a stepping-stone to the high court.
Three current justices — as well as Scalia — served there previously.
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