President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Garland, who is Jewish, has more federal experience than any Supreme Court nominee in history and was confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court by the U.S. Senate 76-23.
Yet Senate Republicans refuse to even give him a hearing. As the Washington Post explains, "Elections are supposed to provide regular and orderly guidance to government, not shut it down for months at a time. The only workable principle is that politicians be allowed - indeed, expected - to do their jobs for as long as the country has hired them."
President Obama is right: "To suggest that someone as qualified and respected as Merrick Garland doesn't even deserve a hearing, let alone an up or down vote, to join an institution as important as our Supreme Court, when two-thirds of Americans believe otherwise -- that would be unprecedented... Presidents do not stop working in the final year of their term. Neither should a senator."
The differences between the Democratic and Republican parties have never been clearer. Ezra Klein explains that what scholars Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein wrote in 2012 -- that "The GOP has become an insurgent outlier in American politics. It is ideologically extreme; scornful of compromise; unmoved by conventional understanding of facts, evidence and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition" -- is even truer today.