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Merrick Garland, What's the Point?

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The mantra from the DNC for weeks, since Antonin Scalia died, has been "Fight for President Obama's Supreme Court pick!" What they should have said is "Ratify Orin Hatch's Supreme Court pick that Obama will announce."

Who cares about Barack Obama or his right, duty, to choose a Supreme Court nominee? Longtime conservative power-broker Senator Orin Hatch of Utah picked Merrick Garland and Obama obeyed. End of story.

Hatch said:

"[Obama] could easily name Merrick Garland, who is a fine man ... he probably won't do that because this appointment is about the election. So I'm pretty sure he'll name someone the [liberal Democratic base] wants."

Obama apparently took Hatch's cue and complied.

Battle? Ideological confrontation? Reshaping of the Court? Forget it -- Garland is a safe pick for America's ruling class. Obama punted. Hatch defeated him without a fight.

Better than Scalia. Sure, but that really doesn't say much. Scalia was arguably the most purely politically-motivated Supreme Court justice in American history. A ham-fisted, ideologically driven, right-wing operative who came to the court every day with a clearly defined agenda. Will Garland be better? Yes. Will Garland show any courage in moving the country forward? Not likely.

Why would anyone who understands the scope of the problems facing the country today fight for this Hatch-Obama offering? They should not. To those who would argue that Obama had to do this to get a nominee, any nominee, approved: That's absurd. It's not about getting "any nominee" approved. We don't "fight" for approval. We fight for a better, more just nation. Something no one in the nation's capitol has any apparent concern for.

Obama will leave the Presidency as he began it, wrapping his policy and legacy around not offending white Republicans.

It's a travesty and an abdication.

Would a President Hillary Clinton show more courage? She couldn't show less.

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