WASHINGTON — On Thursday, Senator Jerry Moran stated that he thinks President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee is worthy of a hearing — the newest crack in GOP leaders’ messaging about hitting the issue to 2017.
“I cannot imagine the president has or will nominate somebody that meets my criteria, but I’ve my job to do,” said Mr. Moran. “I think the process ought to go forward.”
Moran is the 3rd Republican senator to advocate the hearings for Merrick Garland, whom Obama nominated to fill the seat of Supreme Court that was vacated by the late Antonin Scalia. Moderate Senators Susan Collins & Mark Kirk also advocated that Senate move forward.
It is no coincidence that Jerry Moran and Mark Kirk are both up for the re-election this year. The current Supreme Court combat puts them in an awkward position of desiring to stay in line the with GOP leaders and not looking obstructionist back home.
Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader said that he would not allow Garland a vote or Senate hearing because President Barrack Obama is in his final year in office that he claims renders President Obama a lame duck. Mitch McConnell hopes that next year a Republican ends up in White House & picks someone who is more to the party’s liking for powerful court seat.
That means that Mitch McConnell is keen to block Barrack Obama’s moderate Supreme Court pick to stake with possibility of Trump choosing a wild card nominee or a Clinton picking someone who ismore liberal than Garland.
Jerry Moran’s support for giving the Garland a hearing is prominent, given his conventional credentials along with his experience as the former chair of National Republican Senatorial Committee.
“This’s an outright betrayal of the very GOP Senate majority which Jerry Moran successfully led the fight to achieve,” said Rick Manning.
“Moran needs to understand one simple fact: Stopping Barrack Obama’s agenda is his job & pandering to the hard left that demands that he kowtow to their whims, is hopefully a misquote rather than his considered position,” he added
Collins, who will meet with Garland, said on Wednesday that she hopes Senator Chuck Grassley, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, will review his refusal to act & will hold the hearings for Garland.
“I hope that as time goes on & as people sit down with Judge Garland and talk to him one on one, that perhaps there will be a shift in the position of the chairman of Judiciary Committee,” added Collins