Friday, February 26, 2016

I don't get why Obama would nominate a Republican to SCOTUS

This NPR story suggests Obama is thinking of testing/tweaking the Republicans regarding their determination not to consider anyone who would nominate as a Scalia successor. By appointing a Republican to the vacancy. I am totally sympathetic to the motivation, but I just don't get the politics of it.

It would give the Republicans the opportunity to demonstrate equal-opportunity refusal to consider, and point to that consistency as evidence they are acting out of principle, not for political advantage.

The political gift wouldn't have to end there, either. If the Democrats do win the election, when President Clinton II then nominates a more liberal candidate, the Republicans can attack that person as an extreme choice, and point to the sweet moderation exhibited by her predecessor.

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