The new Supreme Court nominee

President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to take the late Antonin Scalia’s slot on the Supreme Court.  Garland is a well-regarded Appeals Court judge, clearly well-qualified and with a reputation for moderation.

Republicans in Congress are refusing to even consider him, insisting that any appointment should wait until after the presidential election.

But couldn’t we expect Hillary Clinton to nominate someone even more liberal?  And who would Trump nominate?  His pro-abortion sister, as he said he might?  Also, pundits are now saying that there is now a good chance that in an anti-Trump landslide Republicans might lose the Senate.  Republicans might do a lot worse than Garland.

Obama is obviously proposing Garland as a safe choice and a way to coax Republicans into allowing him his appointment.  And to look pettily partisan if they oppose a well-qualified candidate with the full panoply of opposition research and personal attacks, as is planned.

Republicans should just praise the nominee but stand on the principle of letting the next president choose.

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Liveblogging the State of the Union address

I’m here.  Join me in commenting on President Obama’s State of the Union address.

Tonight’s “non-traditional” State of the Union

Tonight will be the president’s State of the Union message.  This will be President Obama’s last time to address the joint session of Congress and the American people in this constitutionally-mandated duty.  The White House is saying that it will be a “non-traditional” speech, in which the president will reach out to the American people rather than the Republican-controlled House and Senate.

Watch it and comment on it here.  I’m going to try doing so.  Join me here at the Cranach blog at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. [Read more…]

Gun control by executive order

President Obama issued a series of executive orders in an attempt to control the possession of firearms.  See the provisions after the jump. [Read more…]

Most illegal immigrants are shielded from deportation

Although the Supreme Court struck down President Obama’s amnesty program that he was imposing by executive order, his other executive orders on immigration are still in effect, protecting some 80% of illegal immigrants from deportation.  Basically, agents have been told not to bother sending back undocumented immigrants unless they commit crimes or are a threat to public safety. (So what does that tell us about the other 20%?  And isn’t being here illegally a crime?) [Read more…]

Obama’s top priority will be gun control

In an interview with GQ magazine, President Obama said that his top priority for his final year in office will be gun control. [Read more…]