Obama's SCOTUS Pick Considered Anti-2A -- But Too Centrist for Liberals

Both sides up in arms.

On Wednesday, President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland as the replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia for the Supreme Court of the United States. Though Garland isn't an extremely liberal choice that was expected from the president, his questionable history siding against the Second Amendment is causing conservatives to writhe and is frustrating liberals who see him as too centrist.

Breitbart gave several reasons to be worried about Garland's nomination, including:

  • Garland is considered anti-Second Amendment, noting that the National Review outed him for voting for "one of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation," including an "illegal Clinton-era regulation that created an improvised gun registration requirement."
  • Garland has favored environmental regulations.
  • His positions on social issues, including abortion, are murky.

Breitbart also noted that Republicans have supported Garland in the past and suggested that would make him "harder for the GOP to oppose."

But liberals are also worried about Obama's choice because they view Garland as too centric and had hoped for a far-left judge.

A staffer at Huffington Post exclaimed on Twitter after hearing Obama's announcement:

Holy s***, unreal!

Salon cried, "Really?" Then added that he is "the epitome of a bland choice: a centrist, impeccably credentialed white man."

The progressive outlet explained that there were plenty of other "more interesting and/or liberal picks" above Garland, who they complained would "actually move the court to the right on criminal justice issues."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stood on the floor today and maintained that the Senate will not consider Garland's nomination until after the presidential election in order to "give the people a voice in the filling of this vacancy:"

McConnell On Supreme Court Nomination

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today following the President’s announcement of his nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court:"The next justice could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court and have a profound impact on our country, so of course the American people should have a say in the Court’s direction…The American people may well elect a President who decides to nominate Judge Garland for Senate consideration. The next President may also nominate someone very different. Either way, our view is this: Give the people a voice in the filling of this vacancy."

Posted by Senator Mitch McConnell on Wednesday, March 16, 2016