by Andy Weddington
Wednesday, 16 March 2016
If you've got a problem, take it out on a drum. Neil Peart
This morning in a less than half hour out-of-doors ceremony at the White House President Obama introduced - to a seated gathering, America, and the world - Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the recent death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
The President was eloquent, as usual when delivering prepared remarks.
Judge Garland was likewise when afforded opportunity to speak.
Make no mistake, this is politics in action.
So (faux) niceties aside, with experience as juror and judge in military non-judicial and judicial proceedings as well as serving as "mediator" (between disputing Marines and Sailors) and service as a juror in civilian criminal court, a short opinion from these here hallowed humble chambers...
If Judge Garland is truly the best candidate to entrust with carrying out the guidance of our Constitution then in this election year (little more than 7 months away is the day) no one should object waiting until the next president takes office.
After all, what's best for America, in the long run, takes precedence.
Should our next president find Judge Garland as imminently qualified and capable as this president then nomination again is a certainty. And confirmation practically guaranteed.
That's balance and about as even steven as it humanly gets.
Ergo, fittingly we need look no further than the tool of Lady Justice for direction. She - though blind, deaf, and mute - is not stupid.
As the nominated, Judge Garland's admirable accomplishments and distinguished service is not so much the sticking point.
"De nominator" is the problem - President Obama is the drum upon which the Senate will bang.
Judge Garland is but the symbol.
There's going to be a lot of noise.
Music only to some ears.
Pull the plug or plug the ears, the beat goes on.