Let it go

Monday, April 25, 2016

Republican U.S. legislators, including the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) have received criticism in this space for refusal to hold hearings and a vote on President Obama's nomination to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland.

We still believe that the nomination deserves an up or down vote, but we accept the fact that such a vote will not happen.

The majority of people disapprove of the Republican decision, but we doubt that there is much passion on the issue - except among activist Democrats - and it would be a mistake for Democrats to make the matter a central issue.

There is a real possibility that the Republican strategy could backfire, not in terms of election politics but rather in the type of Supreme Court nominee eventually chosen. The next President, if a Democrat, would likely choose someone more liberal than Garland and Trump would be unpredictable in choosing a justice.