Wednesday, March 16, 2016

President nominates Garland for SCOTUS

See this article. This is not encouraging:

"An eventual appointment for Garland is also less likely to mark a liberal shift in the Supreme Court. If anything, his contributions -- given his age and his moderate record so far -- are likely to be more pragmatic than path-marking for some of the country's most hotly contested legal issues, such as voting rights, gun control and the scope of presidential powers."

I.e., he could go either way on important progressive issues, likely maintaining the corporate and oligarchic status quo. Given that the regressive Senate will not even discuss the topic I can see Obama's strategy, to show how obstructive they are to possibly turn the tide in Senate races. But suppose it was the GOP's strategy all along to get a more moderate nominee like this and they now confirm him? Not so good.

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