| Diane -- |
Right now, President Obama has fewer than 100 days in office. Back in February, when the vacancy on the Supreme Court opened up, he still had nearly a year.
But Mitch McConnell and other Senate leaders repeatedly insisted on denying President Obama a Supreme Court nominee, just so they could hold the seat open for the next president to fill -- a rationale that's been fishy from day one.
In March, when President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland -- one of the most qualified candidates in history, by the way -- it didn't matter that Judge Garland had previously had strong bipartisan support, and was widely considered a "consensus pick."
Senate leaders have displayed nothing but pure partisan politics from the beginning. They're disrespecting President Obama, hamstringing our country's highest court, and neglecting their fundamental duty to hold a hearing and a vote on a qualified nominee.
President Obama is still the President. Stand up and say it's time for Senate leaders to hold a hearing and a vote for Judge Garland.
I'm sure it would be easier for Mitch McConnell if President Obama weren't in the White House. Then maybe he wouldn't have had to work so hard to try to block progress on health care, climate change, the economy, and the litany of other issues that he's gridlocked in Congress.
But President Obama is still the President.
And he did his job months ago.
It's time for Senate leaders to do theirs.
Don't sit this one out.
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