On Wednesday, President Obama fulfilled his constitutional duty by nominating Judge Merrick Garland, an exceptionally well-qualified jurist, to the Supreme Court. Now, the Senate must fulfill its duty to hold a hearing on the nomination and give Judge Garland an up-or-down vote.
The Senate has never before strayed from this process. But immediately following the president’s announcement, obstructionist senators argue that the “people should have a say” in the nomination, and therefore the nomination should not move forward. These senators have forgotten that the Supreme Court is too critical to the rule of law for the Senate to put partisanship above governing.
The above excerpt was originally published in InsideSources.
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