Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has suggested that President Obama consider nominating Nevada Republican Governor Brian Sandoval to the Supreme Court to succeed the late Antonin Scalia.
While the White House is supposedly vetting Sandoval, but I don’t think Obama is going nominate Brian Sandoval anymore than he will nominate Pablo Sandoval. Although I think if Obama nominated Panda it would give the Red Sox a chance to eat his contract (given that Panda has eaten everything else).
Now it’s true that Sandoval (the governor, not the third baseman) is a former federal judge. But the only reason Reid is floating Sandoval is so that his son Rory can run for Governor again. Remember that Sandoval was first elected Governor in 2010 by defeating the younger Reid by 12 points. Sandoval’s departure would give Reid a second try at that office.
Meanwhile, Obama was in fine demagogic form writing, “I recognize the politics are hard for them because the easier thing to do is to give in to the most extreme voices within their party and stand pat and do nothing. But that’s not our job. Our job is to fulfill our constitutional duties.”
It isn’t for Obama to tell the Senate how to fulfill their constitutional duties when you consider that he was more than happy to filibuster Sam Alito. Senate Republicans will give Obama’s nominee the same level of consideration that Obama gave Alito.
Besides if Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer didn’t feel obliged to consider the judicial nominees if George Bush, both father and son, before an election year then why is Mitch McConnell obligated to consider the judicial nominees of Barack Obama during an election year?