Liberal Merrick Garland: dubbed “centrist” by media

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.”


17 Responses to Liberal Merrick Garland: dubbed “centrist” by media

  1. East Valley Conservative says:

    Thanks, SRAZ. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. When the word “centrist” was used to describe Merrick Garland by every media outlet, I became suspicious.
    As to Jeff Flake, Arizona’s junior McCain, I’m not the least bit surprised with his take on this crucial Supreme Court appointment. I’ve watched him give his cheesy grin while he stabs conservatives in the back long enough to expect the worst from him. I’m never disappointed.

  2. kathy says:

    This from a man going to Cuba with Obama. Flake is delusional and must be defeated his next election. With McCain and Flake as our Senators who needs enemies!

  3. East Valley Conservative says:

    How would Jeff the Flake come to the conclusion that Hillary would not appoint Merrick Garland? It was her husband Bill who put him on the very important D.C. Appellate Court. Since Bill and Hill are both lawyers, it’s a good bet they had some discussions about the impact of Garland’s appointment in 1997. Remember Bill Clinton called her his “co-president”? As First Lady, she took Bill at his word and tried to ram “health care reform” down our throats long before most of us ever heard of Barack Obama.

  4. azgary says:

    BREAKING: Far Left Protesters SHUT DOWN HIGHWAY Leading to AZ Trump Rally!

    The protesters parked their trucks across the highway to block traffic.
    Police are towing the trucks now.


    • Doc says:

      …and as of about 5 mins ago, NOBODY is in handcuffs! JEEZ!!! They’ve “cabled” themselves to their cars in the middle of a highway!!! When I was a Firefighter, we had what we referred to as “The Master Key”…these idiots all need to be in Sheriff Joe’s tents…

      • azgary says:


        should be MASS arrests going on, not surpised ducy doing nothing, but arpaio should be

  5. Patriot Dad says:

    These anarchists care nothing about our Constitutional rights. They are all about mutilating freedom since they are under educated examples of today’s public schools run by leftwing unionist teachers and administrators.

  6. Realist says:

    We are living in a world our Founders could never have envisioned. Having rights and liberty has made the masses complacent. It’s Rome all over again where the aristocratic elite in charge lulled the citizens to keep them from realizing their excesses by plying them with free grain, beer and gladiator expos (bread and circuses). The once great Rome fell and never regained its former glory. We Americans must be vigilant. Our massive debt alone is crushing.

  7. azgary says:

    Protesters win.
    cops fail to protect the rights of American Citizens:

    Force Police to Send Trump Supporters Home

  8. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Priceless information on this “centrist” supreme court nominee. I checked around the Internet yesterday for info on him and what I found was that he is a quintessential leftist. The Obama administration and the mainstream media trotted him out as a “centrist” to fool the people and give Jeff Flake, et al cover for talking with him.

    On another topic – The Hill barely gives Kelli Ward a mention and a not-so-good one at that. But spend time on Jim Kolbe and John Kyl making excuses for “the times” – they are tough, you know.

    McCain faces toughest reelection of his career |

    • Seen It All says:

      The Hill is presupposing McCain makes it through the Primary. He was able to win against JD Hayworth by deceptive advertising and out spending Hayworth 10 to 1.
      All of our friends and family are on board with Dr. Kelli Ward. I’m a lifelong conservative Republican, but if McCain somehow makes it through the Primary, I will vote for Kirkpatrick. If I’m going to get screwed over, it hurts worse when someone with an “R” after his name does it.
      Also Scott Wong, one of the reporters who wrote the article for The Hill, previously worked at the AZ Republic and often covered McCain…..which explains the slant.

      • Conservative Since Birth says:

        Your last paragraph explains everything. Aaah – the American media! Drudge, right now, has a photo and article about the Trump rally in Phoenix. I clicked on the article and it was written by the AZ Republic – what a trashy article.

  9. Conservative Since Birth says:

    This man is certifiable. Really.

    John Kasich: I’d consider nominating Merrick Garland to Supreme Court – Election 2016 – CBS News

    • Army Of One says:

      Ted Cruz got it right when he called Kasich “a spoiler.” But “delusional” fits as well.
      I saw a comment from you yesterday where you said you were thinking of withholding comments due to the attempts by azgary to overpower this site. Just want you to know I’m glad you reconsidered, since you contribute a great deal to the discussion here.

      • azgary says:

        do you just make stuff up that you wish to be true?

        Conservative Since Births comment yesterday was in response to Doc in disbelief at the desire of those commenting here who have a desire to censor others by stopping and or limiting posts by those they disagree with.

        Doc says:
        March 19, 2016 at 6:53 am
        May I comment here that SRAZ’s “non-editing”, or not limiting a poster’s comment count, is EXACTLY the correct way to handle this. azgary MAY in fact have “too much time on his hands”, as has been said before here. But “censoring” him isn’t the correct way to go, in my usual not very humble opinion. I’m a Ted Cruz supporter until Senator Cruz says that he’s done. Period.

        But if Senator Cruz isn’t nominated, (& the Republicans don’t do something MONUMENTALLY STOOPID) & Mr. Trump gets the nod, I won’t hold my nose AT ALL while voting for him in November.

        That said, if people here are bothered by azgary’s post length, or post “count”, just skip over them. The censoring talk here by some other posters, all of whom have my deepest Respect, (no seriously, you all do!) is making me feel a little sick to my stomach.

        No matter what happens, 2 things ABSOLUTELY MUST Happen:

        1) ?senator? john mccain, & congressrat ann kirkpatrick MUST NOT, under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WHAT SO EVER be re-elected to ANYTHING, including dog catcher. Period. I believe we can ALL Agree on that.

        2) The FELON, (& she most certainly is, after hearing the evidence) hillary rodham clinton MUST NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WHAT SO EVER, be elected to the Presidency of these United States of America. Period. End of story. And I believe we can ALL agree on that as well.

        So, if azgary is bothering you, PLEASE…just skip over his posts. Or read ’em. Whatever. But PLEASE PLEASE, don’t ask/request/demand SRAZ to censor that poster.

        …Thanks for letting me get that off of my chest. God Bless US ALL.


        Conservative Since Birth says:
        March 19, 2016 at 8:31 am
        Thank you, Doc. I felt the way you do and was considering not commenting here any longer. The bottom line is we all agree that we don’t want certain people to be reelected (McCain, Kirkpatrick – don’t want a Democrat elected to anything, including the consummate liar, Hillary Clinton).

        I’m very surprised at the intolerance here at this very respected site. Not by SRAZ, but by posters who believe that only they are right. Shades of Robert McGraham.

        but you keep on in your own little world of delusions that fit your narrative.

  10. Saguaro Sam says:

    Much can be learned about Merrick Garland by searching the key words
    Merrick Garland and the dailymailonline

    There are numerous columns published recently by that British news source.

    Here’s a few words from one column:

    “. . . A Harvard University valedictorian and former editor of the Harvard Law Review, Garland clerked for Supreme Court Justice William Brennan after graduating from law school. He later served as special assistant to President Jimmy Carter’s last attorney general before going into private practice and becoming a partner in the law firm of Arnold & Porter.

    Garland next was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1989 to 1992, and Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1993 to 1994.

    The Bethesda, Maryland native was on President Barack Obama’s short-list of potential Supreme Court nominees when he chose Elena Kagan to fill a vacancy in 2010. Senate Republicans at the time considered him a potential ‘consensus’ pick they could rally around.

    Garland has been married to his wife, Lynn, since 1987. They have two daughters, Becky and Jessica, both of whom attended Yale University.

    Lynn Garland’s grandfather was Samuel I. Rosenman, a New York Supreme Court justice and special counsel to Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman.

    During FDR’s first 100 days in office, Rosenman was part of the famous ‘brains trust’ that developed the framework for what would become The New Deal. “