Obama has nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, despite public opposition from Republicans to any nominee. As we’ve noted before, there was only one other time in the past 100 years where a President tried to nominate a Justice to the Supreme Court this close to an election, and the Senate shot that down.
In fact, when Bush was in a similar position, Democrats openly opposed him nominating a Justice – and he didn’t.
So despite the spin Obama will inevitably put on this as Republicans obstructing his each and every action, the historical precedent is against him.
But don’t put it past the Left to try anyway. George Soros funded MoveOn.org has plans to put public pressure on Republicans, as reported by The Blaze:
MoveOn.org is planning MoveOn Days of Action rallies in states with vulnerable Republican senators to gain support for the nomination. The Ohio teachers union will be doing “Do Your Job Learn-ins” to pressure Republican Sen. Rob Portman to vote for Garland.
In Pennsylvania, unions for nurses and firefighters will hold rallies to push Sen. Pat Toomey to meet with Garland and back a hearing.
“You’re going to be surprised at how hard we’re going to work to make sure this is on the front pages of all the papers,” Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said.
Several Republican senators who are in tough races this year are willing to meet with Garland as a likely way to fend off Democratic attacks they are being unfair.
“I’ll meet with the guy, but trust me: We’re not going to let the Supreme Court flip,” said Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). “And this nominee obviously would flip the court, particularly on an issue that is pretty important in Wisconsin — the right to keep and bear arms.”
Republican Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Mike Rounds of South Dakota are the most recent Republicans who said they would be open to meeting with Garland.
On the bright side, Garland would probably seem like Scalia compared to any Justice a President Hillary would nominate.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]