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.