All posts tagged: Merrick Garland

Never Reward a Bully

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The Sjupremes

Constitutional law expert Cass Sunstein has just given the Democratic Senators some advice on how to handle the Gorsuch vote.   http://www.newsday.com/opinion/commentary/the-best-strategy-for-democrats-on-neil-gorsuch-1.13322437 Sunstein  outlines five options before choosing the  one that suggests they  vote against any nominee who they feel puts in jeopardy basic constitutional protections, a description he believes   Gorsuch warrants; but that they shouldn’t go so far as to filibuster his confirmation if he has the support of a majority of the […]

The Right Choice for the Wrong Reason

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Democracy's Constitution / Repairing the System

In an earlier post I discussed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to refuse to even to hold hearings on President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. That post generated a good deal of interest. So I would like to look now at the Garland nomination from the Democratic perspective. Obama’s motives in nominating Garland do not appear much different from McConnell’s in opposing him; he too was looking at the nomination’s […]

Inside Mitch McConnell’s Brain

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Repairing the System / The Sjupremes

On the surface it may appear that President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are engaged in a titanic struggle over the future of the Supreme Court. But, as this insightful article from Brookings explains, the issue is much less cosmic when you see it from an insider’s perspective.V http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/fixgov/posts/2016/03/03-mcconnell-scalia-congress-options-hudak-reynolds The article makes clear that McConnell is more an entrepreneur than an ideologue. His primary goal on this issue is not to impact the […]