Jeff Flake calls Obama’s SCOTUS nominee “less liberal”
The media is playing Barack Obama‘s selection of D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court as a “centrist,” but this selection of facts prove him to be quite different from that portrayal:
During a recent interview on NPR, Obama claimed that Republicans are “worried and scared” that their base will “punish them” should they decide to hold hearings and vote on his nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. “The bottom line is that there has not been a coherent argument presented” (against confirmation) by Republicans, Obama said. He further states he expects the GOP to relent on his Supreme Court nominee.
We’ve assembled just a few reasons to be suspicious of Merrick Garland:
Merrick Garland’s anti-Second Amendment stance: Garland’s record on the bench “leads to the conclusion that he would vote to reverse one of Justice Scalia’s most important opinions, D.C. vs. Heller, which affirmed that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to keep and bear arms,” warns Judicial Crisis Network’s Carrie Severino. The Washington Times reports Garland has a ‘very liberal view of gun rights.’
More here on National Review.
Merrick Garland shows deference to labor unions: Garland’s deference has typically proved beneficial to unions. He wrote 22 decisions involving the National Labor Relations Board from 1997 to 2016, according to the legal blog On Labor.
Merrick Garland was mentored by the Supreme Court’s liberal icon: Garland clerked for Justice William J. Brennan Jr., the leader of the Supreme Court’s liberal wing.
Merrick Garland sides with the EPA on environmental regulations: Garland “doesn’t come with any inherent skepticism about the federal government overreaching on environmental regulation,” says Richard Lazarus, an environmental law scholar at Harvard University. And leftist publication Mother Jones has hailed him as the savior of Obama’s “climate legacy.”
Merrick Garland revered the author of Roe v. Wade: During a speech in 2005, Garland referred to the writings of Justice Harry Blackmun, the author of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion, as “a great gift to the country.”
Jeff Flake is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is among a handful of squish Republicrats who have agreed to meet Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. “I hear nothing but good about him,” said the aptly named Flake, who is a frequent traveling companion and basketball playing chum of Obama’s and is generally deferential to him.
This is Flake‘s memorable quote from this past week:
“But I said yesterday that if Republicans are not successful in the November election — I hope we are — but if we are not, then we ought to look at this nomination in the lame-duck session in November. I would rather have a less-liberal nominee like Merrick Garland than a nominee that Hillary Clinton if she were president would put forward.”