Before he leaves office, Obama needed to remind us just how un-progressive he can be
I don’t go off on a rant very often, but to all you so called progressives who think Obama’s picking of Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court was a stroke of genius, or are now rallying behind it, please remove your head from out of your ass.
What do you think Barack Obama is trying to do here, teach Republicans a lesson? Make them look like idiots? Make them happy maybe? News flash! Republicans never learn, and they’ve looked like fools for years now. Guess what, aside from Trump, it hasn’t hurt them at all. The third reason must be the answer, right?
Obama doesn’t win here. Period. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to block any Supreme Court nominee. Why pick the “most conservative nominee by a Dem in the modern era” if no one will get a fair hearing? Why wouldn’t you stay true to the progressive roots you at least campaigned on? McConnell doesn’t look any worse for rejecting a moderate judge than a progressive one, he looks like incompetent turtle regardless.
What happens if McConnell changes his mind? Probably not going to happen, but let’s say for argument’s sake that he does. Hell, let’s even presume that Garland gets the job. Then what?
Liberal Obama’s Supreme Court legacy will be him appointing a judge whose positions are largely unclear. He appears to be at least a little anti-gun and pro voting rights (which every judge should be). But on the larger issues, who knows, and that’s the point.
He’s been fairly pro-corporate, so much so that the Chamber of Commerce and the business community has not protested his nomination. That should have raised a red flag right away. He may not have voted in favor of Citizens United which opened the floodgates of corporate money into our elections, but he certainly won’t vote to reverse it. Garland hasn’t been very open to criminal justice reform either and has been fairly tough on crime in the process.
Then there is abortion, nobody knows where he stands on abortion. Is Obama really trying to teach Republicans a lesson by nominating someone who may one day overturn Roe V. Wade? Why on earth would any Democratic President take that risk? It’s inexcusable.
By choosing Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court, it’s easy to see why progressives in this country have felt betrayed for so long. Instead of thinking of revenge, politics, or both, Obama should be thinking about the fucking country.