Monday, December 26, 2016

Getting Merrick Garland confirmed on January 3rd.

It's not going to happen, but . . . 

Daily Kos is circulating a petition to urge Vice President Joe Biden and the Democrats to try this one way of getting Judge Merrick Garland approved by a Senate vote to sit on the Supreme Court.   Here is the text of their explanation and the petition:
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Senate Republicans refused to give President Obama’s pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia even the courtesy of a hearing. It was disrespectful, and historically unprecedented. But there is still something we can do to get Merrick Garland confirmed before Obama leaves office.

At 12:00 noon on January 3, 2017 (according to the Constitution), the terms of 34 U.S. Senators will expire. At that point, the Senate will briefly consist of 66 sitting senators—until Vice President Joe Biden, in his capacity as Senate president, begins swearing in the senators-elect.

Before Biden begins the proceedings, he has a chance to preside over a Senate that consists of 34 Democrats, 2 independents who caucus with Democrats and 30 Republicans—as the remaining Senators are in limbo of being newly sworn in. At this point, Democrats could ask to finish Senate business as it pertains to President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.

For the past year, Republicans have claimed that the "American people" should decide the fate of that Supreme Court seat. Hillary Clinton got 2.7 million more votes than Donald Trump, and more Americans voted Democratic in the U.S. Senate races. Democrats are entirely justified to make this move, and it's the only way to guarantee that Garland will be confirmed.

Senate Democrats pulling off this move must be willing to proceed over the very loud, but still out-of-order objections from Republicans. That’s to say nothing of the Republican sore feelings that would come from Democrats winning the right to fill the SCOTUS seat the entire nation knew belonged to President Obama. But it's the right thing to do.

Now is the time. Sign the petition to Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats: confirm Judge Merrick Garland on January 3rd.

Vice President Biden and Senate Democrats
Sponsored by Daily Kos

Our Message to Vice President Biden and Senate Democrats :

Senate Republicans pulled a historically unprecedented stunt to simply deny Merrick Garland a hearing for the past year. On January 3rd, while the Senate is temporarily in Democratic hands, please vote to confirm Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court.


  1. Democrats are guilty of negotiating with terrorists (GOP). Hostage-taking of a judicial seat, and they've won. But exploit a loophole/crevice of the system we never will, it seems, even with so much at stake. (Sigh.) Fair play seems so unfair when only one side engages in it.

  2. I agree, it's a problem when there are rules and only one side plays by them -- and there's no referee to blow the whistle.
    - Ralph