There have been 638 editorials written by more than 300 editorial boards in every U.S. state urging the Senate to hold hearings on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland.
Veteran D.C. court watcher and environmental policy advocate Glenn Sugameli released a state-by-state compilation of excerpts and links to the editorials. Of the editorial boards included in calls for the Senate to act, 60 endorsed a Republican for President in 2008, 2012 or both.
Obama nominated Garland on March 16 to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. The Republican Senate’s refusal to confirm Garland has left the high court short-handed and split ideologically down the middle.
Twenty-one of the editorials Sugameli provides links to are from North Carolina. The two most recent are:
Greensboro News and Record– Our Opinion: A do-later Congress, Oct. 3:
“There’s still that Supreme Court vacancy. Republican senators are responsible for that. More than six months after President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland, the Senate has still refused to consider him. No one in modern history has waited longer for a hearing.”
Daily Reflector– EDITORIAL: State Republicans cast lot with pride and prejudice, July 6:
“If Donald Trump does not win in November, Republicans might regret the decision of their leadership to withhold consideration of President Obama’s temperately conservative Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, should this case travel that far.”