By participating in the soft coup against President Obama by refusing to consider Merrick Garland or any other Presidential nominee to the Supreme Court, Senator John Thune is making it easy for Democratic challenger Jay Williams to catch up in the polls and knock Thune out of office. The only speech Williams needs to make right now is, “Elect me—I’ll do the job.”
Keep Tweeting that message, Jay! Every day!
Obama’s nomination of Garland is not unconstitutional. In fact, the U.S. Constitution plainly says the president “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint” judges of the Supreme Court.
The insinuation that the American people did not have a voice in this process is silly.
Obama has been elected twice to the presidency by wide margins. Those terms are for four years each. His second term doesn’t end until Jan. 20, 2017 — 306 days from today.
Obama — or any president — is expected to fulfill their term.
For instance: If, God forbid, the U.S. found itself in a position to go to war today, the president would have to make hard, long-lasting decisions. That’s not a can that can be kicked down the road.
Neither is a nomination to the highest court in the land [editorial, “Thune, Rounds Wrong on Obama SCOTUS Nomination,” Aberdeen American News, 2016.03.20].
The AAN editors’ point about the President’s warmaking powers should be well-taken. If the President can’t appoint a Supreme Court justice in his final year, then what authority does he have to make any other decision with long-term impacts?
Maybe the AAN is just that darned liberal media, but I’m not hearing any non-Republican observer say that Thune and Rounds are making a good choice in leaving the United States Supreme Court understaffed and thus leaving the door open for great questions of law and justice to go unresolved. (A 4–4 decision leaves the lower court ruling intact, but without the guiding precedent of a Supreme Court majority ruling. Past Courts have ordered such tie-vote cases to be reargued, further delaying justice.) If you hear such commentary, let me know.
But until someone presents a good argument for a suboptimal Supreme Court, expect Jay Williams to make great hay of the clear distinction John Thune is making for him: John won’t do his job; Jay will.