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Merrick Garland is President Obama's Supreme Court nominee

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Huffington Post report:

    "Settling for a centrist candidate with nearly two decades of judicial experience, President Barack Obama will nominate Merrick Garland, a federal appeals judge in Washington, D.C., to the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, according to The Associated Press and congressional sources.

    "If confirmed, Garland, 63, wouldn't bring diversity to the court as much a lengthy résumé in public service, including stints in the Department of Justice and on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, where he has served since 1997 and is now the chief judge.

    "An eventual appointment for Garland is also less likely to mark a liberal shift in the Supreme Court. If anything, his contributions -- given his age and his moderate record so far -- are likely to be more pragmatic than path-marking for some of the country's most hotly contested legal issues, such as voting rights, gun control and the scope of presidential powers."

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    Republicans would do well to confirm his nomination. They have forced President Obama to "compromise" and go for a moderate rather than a true liberal. Will the Senate do its job and confirm?

  • Liberal Democrat
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    I watched President Obama's powerful nomination speech of Justice Garland as well as Garland's emotional thank you speech. If you didn't see it, you should watch it. I tried to add the video here but somehow it didn't work. You can Google it.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    I thought he was taunting the GOP with all the reasons why they should approve Garland. Did you here the first remarks from Garland. I was watching on a set that couldn't replay. He said something about getting married.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Chet -- Wow, you and I didn't listen to the same speech. I watched the speech with considerable interest about the qualifications of Garland instead of looking to "find fault". Garland is enormously qualified in every respect. Here's a link to the transcript of Obama's speech.

    Time: Read Obama’s Speech Nominating Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court

  • Liberal Democrat
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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    I think this is the best thing President Obama could have done. He picked someone who Republicans have constantly praised and Senators facing a tough reelection campaign may very well split with the leadership and vote to confirm him.

    I can see the Democratic attack ads in the swing states now.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Vox: Merrick Garland's probably doomed, strategically interesting nomination, explained

    Dylan Matthews of Vox has written and interesting article on the politics of Garland's nomination. He has also deleved into some of his past cases to get a better feel for where he would stand on the liberal - conservative scale of issues of interest. I won't go into those cases but for those interested check the link above.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Chet -- Wow, you and I didn't listen to the same speech. I watched the speech with considerable interest about the qualifications of Garland instead of looking to "find fault". Garland is enormously qualified in every respect. Here's a link to the transcript of Obama's speech.

    Time: Read Obama’s Speech Nominating Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court

    I thought the idea was to get a justice confirmed. Obama was explaining to the GOP in a patronising manner why they should confirm Garland . Observing that is not finding fault it was factual. I am for the party not an individual. I called out Bernie for calling Trump a pathological liar at a press conference. I can see no good coming from calling Trump a pathological liar.

  • Center Left
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    It's as close to a win / win situation that anyone could have hoped for. If they do nothing (and they've nearly mastered doing nothing) that's all the more reason to hold it against them.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote:
    Schmidt Wrote:

    Chet -- Wow, you and I didn't listen to the same speech. I watched the speech with considerable interest about the qualifications of Garland instead of looking to "find fault". Garland is enormously qualified in every respect. Here's a link to the transcript of Obama's speech.

    Time: Read Obama’s Speech Nominating Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court

    I thought the idea was to get a justice confirmed. Obama was explaining to the GOP in a patronising manner why they should confirm Garland . Observing that is not finding fault it was factual. I am for the party not an individual. I called out Bernie for calling Trump a pathological liar at a press conference. I can see no good coming from calling Trump a pathological liar.

    You have lots of criticism for President Obama and Merrick Garland. Why not criticize Mitch McConnell and the Republicans for not even taking up the nomination? You don't like the tone of President Obama's speech? Well I also listened to McConnell's speech on the floor of the Senate given immediately after Obama's nomination of Garland. It was pure BS...not worthy of the Senate Majority leader. Sorry, Chet, you and I will disagree. Obama's speech was perfect for the occasion as was Garland's.
  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote:
    Chet Ruminski Wrote:
    Schmidt Wrote:

    Chet -- Wow, you and I didn't listen to the same speech. I watched the speech with considerable interest about the qualifications of Garland instead of looking to "find fault". Garland is enormously qualified in every respect. Here's a link to the transcript of Obama's speech.

    Time: Read Obama’s Speech Nominating Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court

    I thought the idea was to get a justice confirmed. Obama was explaining to the GOP in a patronising manner why they should confirm Garland . Observing that is not finding fault it was factual. I am for the party not an individual. I called out Bernie for calling Trump a pathological liar at a press conference. I can see no good coming from calling Trump a pathological liar.

    You have lots of criticism for President Obama and Merrick Garland. Why not criticize Mitch McConnell and the Republicans for not even taking up the nomination? You don't like the tone of President Obama's speech? Well I also listened to McConnell's speech on the floor of the Senate given immediately after Obama's nomination of Garland. It was pure BS...not worthy of the Senate Majority leader. Sorry, Chet, you and I will disagree. Obama's speech was perfect for the occasion as was Garland's.
    Sure Schmidt, I agree. However Obama knew what was waiting around the corner; like jumping into a pool full with alligators. This McConnell guy is an patsy and can barely speak decent English, "drawl" as a southern "white" man, who loves the Klan. I guess he is celebrating St. Patricks Day, as an Irish Catholic nuthead.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch -- Absolutely President Obama knew what was awaiting him with ANY nomination. He could have chosen a liberal and be castigated by the right for it, but as he has nominated a centrist, he is castigated by extremists on both the left and the right. The Republicans said they would be denying Garland a hearing let alone a vote. In other words they are not doing their job as outlined in the Constitution. Obama should give them hell for that...again and again. It's the only game they know how to play. Obstruct, obstruct, obstruct...delay, delay, delay.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote:
    Chet Ruminski Wrote:
    Schmidt Wrote:

    Chet -- Wow, you and I didn't listen to the same speech. I watched the speech with considerable interest about the qualifications of Garland instead of looking to "find fault". Garland is enormously qualified in every respect. Here's a link to the transcript of Obama's speech.

    Time: Read Obama’s Speech Nominating Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court

    I thought the idea was to get a justice confirmed. Obama was explaining to the GOP in a patronising manner why they should confirm Garland . Observing that is not finding fault it was factual. I am for the party not an individual. I called out Bernie for calling Trump a pathological liar at a press conference. I can see no good coming from calling Trump a pathological liar.

    You have lots of criticism for President Obama and Merrick Garland. Why not criticize Mitch McConnell and the Republicans for not even taking up the nomination? You don't like the tone of President Obama's speech? Well I also listened to McConnell's speech on the floor of the Senate given immediately after Obama's nomination of Garland. It was pure BS...not worthy of the Senate Majority leader. Sorry, Chet, you and I will disagree. Obama's speech was perfect for the occasion as was Garland's.
    Schmidt, Why did you say I criticized Garland? I never said anything about him. Regarding Obama, he made an excellent choice that presents an acceptable candidate. That was good!!! But then he pepperd the speech in a demeaning tone lecturing adversarials why they should confirm Garland. The speech would be deserving accolades if he left out all the reasons the GOP should confirm Garland. I heard Obama's convention speech that made him famous. I know Obama's good speech, his good speech is a personal favorite of mine, that was not a good speech.