Oh, so close. That’s the parting words no doubt uttered behind the back of one of President Obama’s picks for the Supreme Court.
Remember Judge Merrick Garland, who was supposed to slide right into the deceased Antonin Scalia’s associate justice seat, without much fight from the Republicans in the Senate? But then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stepped in and defied Obama, saying he’d rather wait for the November elections to determine the voice of the voters?
Well, Donald Trump pulled out what many considered a shocker of a win. And that means it’s Trump, not Obama, who gets the next Supreme Court pick.
So Garland’s going home.
“Garland, a judge with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, appears on the January 2016 calendar hearing cases,” Western Journalism reported.
That means his nomination is dead. He won’t be considered by the incoming president-elect.
Trump, meanwhile, has reportedly whittled the list of 21 names he offered in the last campaign days for Supreme Court to about four.
Among his names: Judge William Pryor Jr. of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court in Atlanta, a man who once called Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion the “worst abomination in the history of constitutional law,” Western Journalism, reported.
And another: Judge Diane Sykes of Wisconsin, who currently serves on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court in Chicago. Sykes actually stood fast in the supporting camp of employers who challenged the contraceptive mandate in Obama’s Obamacare.