The Republican presidential nomination race has previously devolved to the level of an elementary school playground (penis-measuring in a national debate), and has now risen to at least high school (if not a college frat house) with the vicious battle going on between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz over who can insult each other's wives the most.
I have news for Senator McConnell and his fellow Republican senators. When the American people re-elected Barack Obama as president in 2012, they authorized him to nominate anyone he chose to fill a vacancy on the court -- right up to his final day in office.
President Obama ramped up the pressure on Republicans today by withdrawing his nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court and replacing him with what he believes to be the ultimate consensus and "Holier than thou" candidate: Jesus of Nazareth.
Although there are liberals who are disappointed that President Obama did not nominate someone more in the spirit of a William Brennan or a Thurgood Marshall, Merrick Garland is an exceptional choice. But Senate Republicans, led by the likes of Mitch McConnell and Charles Grassley, refuse even to consider his nomination.
The basic Republican position isn't that hard to understand. It is: "We are going to deny Barack Obama a third Supreme Court pick, unless Hillary Clinton wins the presidency." That is precisely what some of them believe.
Forget about whether the Constitution "requires" the Republican-controlled Senate to hold a timely hearing and vote on confirming President Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, to the Supreme Court. The question is: What's their best move?
Garland seems destined for summary rejection, and what I call the court's "death watch" will continue -- with activists and others worrying that at any moment yet another justice's death (three are in their late 70s or their 80s) could intensify the partisan fight over the Supreme Court's future.
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No one can say that Garland is a political pick. He does not have a notably liberal record, and as a white male he does not appeal to die-hard liberals. Obama didn't pick him to motivate voters. He picked him because he is a bipartisan choice who is undoubtedly qualified for the position.
In one telling moment, Obama reminded Schultz that the DNC post was not about her, but as he put it, "Don't forget you work for me." That's true at least in part. The part being that Obama put her in her DNC head post, and that means that he can take the lead in removing her.
McConnell is the "Doctor No" of American politics. And he has a thirty-year Senate track record of obstructionism to prove it.
Mitch McConnell swore to uphold the Constitution, and he's doing his best to hold it up. ...
After the financial crisis, where were the full-scale public investigations? Where were the armies of auditors, seizing hard drives and poring over the financial statements? Where were the teams of regulators who were supposed to be checking the books all along?
By engaging young people, government can open itself to new ideas, methods and results that otherwise wouldn't be possible.
We had two Democratic debates and one Republican debate last week. The GOP one was shocking -- because nobody said anything shocking! Yes, that's truly how far the Republicans have sunk -- to the Sherlockian level of the dog not snarling in the night being the big news.