Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to be the next associate justice of the United States Supreme Court should be a principled battle over a well-qualified nominee taking an important slot on the Court at a pivotal time in our history. Instead, it has devolved into political theater of the absurd.
It would be hard to find a nominee who has more of the attributes that the American people want to see in a Supreme Court justice. Judge Garland has a balanced and non-ideological resume, and a reputation for absolute integrity, considerable intellect, and a deep commitment to public service. He clerked for Justice William Brennan and Judge Henry Friendly, both appointees of President Eisenhower, then left a lucrative private practice to join the Justice Department, where he famously led the prosecution in the Oklahoma City bombing and Unabomber cases. He was confirmed overwhelmingly in 1997 for a seat on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the second most important court in the land, where he is now the chief judge. Read more