May 4, 2016

THE BEST WE CAN HOPE FOR:

Why some conservatives have changed their tune on Merrick Garland (Story Hinckley,  MAY 4, 2016, CS Monitor)

"Republicans find themselves in a deeply uncomfortable situation: they feel compelled to block a highly qualified nominee, offered as a compromise, because they want to let President Trump fill the Supreme Court vacancy," explains MSNBC's Steve Benen. "There are quite a few vulnerable GOP incumbents in the Senate right now, and this is a tough pitch for them to make to voters in an election year."

If the GOP-led Senate continues to stall Garland's nomination, they face two other options. If Hillary Clinton, the presumed Democratic nominee, is elected, she could nominate a judge that Republicans dislike more than Garland. 

Or Republican Senators could place their bets on Trump winning the White House. But with this bet comes another caveat: They must also hope that he appoints a nominee with strict conservative ideals. Because Trump is "not a reliable, consistent conservative," his nominee could be just as distasteful to conservatives as Mrs. Clinton's, if she were to be elected. 

The Republican's sticky situation has not been lost on Mr. Obama, who revived his campaign for Garland's stalled nomination on Tuesday. 

Posted by at May 4, 2016 6:10 PM

  

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