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Editorial: Tillis’ excuse on Supreme Court nominee is “hollow,” “phony”

In case you missed it, the Charlotte Observer joined a long and growing list of major newspapers around the country to editorialize in favor of a hearing and vote for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. Here’s the Observer in a recent editorial:

“In Merrick Garland, President Obama has nominated an eminently qualified jurist for the nation’s highest court.

As the well-respected chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit – commonly called the nation’s second highest court – one could argue that Garland is the most qualified jurist Obama could have picked….

Now that Obama has indeed named Garland, the GOP’s self-constructed political box squeezes a bit tighter. Most Republicans are sticking to their no-hearings stonewall. Hatch, however, says he’d be open to considering Garland during the lame-duck congressional session, should Hillary Clinton win the White House in November.

That’s rich. So, the Senate would block Obama’s nomination because he’s a lame duck. But a lame-duck Senate would willingly take up the nomination if threatened with prospects of a younger, more liberal nominee from a President-Elect Clinton or perhaps even some unpredictable wildcard from a President-Elect Trump.

It all underscores the hollow, phony quality of GOP leaders’ protestations that their no-hearings stance is ‘about the principle, not the person,’ as our own Sen. Thom Tillis put it.

The real principle has nothing to do with Obama’s lame-duck status, of course. The real animating principle is the same one that has driven the GOP the past seven years: Obama is the enemy. Whatever he wants, block it – even if sensible compromises or the occasional well-qualified nominee gets trampled in the process.”

Click here to read the entire editorial.

One Comment


  1. Marvin E. Rouse

    March 18, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    We must do more to help our low to moderate income voters to understand there is a price to pay when the vote is influenced by ads which are untrue and designed to hide the truth. Low to moderate income voters in our state have not seen the benefits promised by the lower taxes on the job creators mantra. This bogus Supreme Court argument is designed to deceive and to hurt those without the ability to hire lobby firms.

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