Is Blocking Merrick Garland the Latest Act of Republican Self-Destruction?


Judge Merrick Garland arrives at the White House prior being announced by U.S. President Barack Obama as his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, in Washington, D.C., on March 16. / Reuters

From Kurt Eichenwald at Newsweek:

Donald Trump piled up delegates in Republican primary victories across the country last night, much to the consternation of top party leaders. About 12 hours later, GOP senators vowed they would not consider today’s nomination by President Obama of Judge Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court, much to the delight of some top Democratic leaders.

The GOP leadership doesn’t see that stiff-arming Garland—after proclaiming they would oppose anyone Obama put forward—is a continuation of the long series of actions that unleashed the Trumpism they so fear. With the party already in disarray over Trump’s ascendancy, blocking this Supreme Court nomination will increase the chances that Republicans will be toast come November.

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