Obama’s Supremely Bad Nominee

At the White House this morning, President Obama announced his nominee for the Supreme Court — Judge Merrick Garland of the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The media are dutifully attempting to spin Garland as a “centrist” or a “consensus choice.” Consider this headline from the Los Angeles Times: “It’s Going To Be Hard For Conservatives To Oppose The Careful, Moderate Merrick Garland.” Don’t be fooled, my friends. Barack Obama was never going to nominate a moderate to the Supreme Court. It won’t be hard at all to oppose Merrick Garland. There was considerable concern in

Rubio Pounds Trump on Judges (VIDEO)

Marco Rubio, when asked about the religious liberty fight between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, chose not pick up on the religious liberty theme, but he did very effectively reinforce Cruz’s central charge that Trump cannot be trusted on judges: The next president of the United States has to be someone that you can trust and believe in to appoint someone just as good as Scalia — plus there may be at least two other vacancies. So you ask Mr. Trump to respond and say that he would, and he says that he would. But the bottom line is, if

Will GOP Senators Hold Firm to Let Voters Determine Scalia’s Replacement?

As Justice Antonin Scalia’s funeral services take place this weekend, the political clash over his Supreme Court seat is heating up. Thursday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley penned a joint op-ed in The Washington Post laying down a bright line: “It is today the American people, rather than a lame-duck president whose priorities and policies they just rejected in the most-recent national election, who should be afforded the opportunity to replace Justice Scalia.” This comes in the wake of a grassroots movement spearheaded by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, #NoHearingsNoVotes, also

Why I Wept for Justice Scalia

I did not expect it to happen, watching the flag-draped casket carrying the husk of Justice Antonin Scalia up the long marble steps of the Supreme Court this morning, but I wept. I did not know Justice Scalia except slightly, and I do not cry easily or often. Something inside me was stirred by the simple things. How ponderous the casket was, carried by those eight strong men slowly up the steps — the simple, heavy physicality of death we too often cover up and elide. Then there was the sudden access to the ceremonious, to the symbolic — how rare

Cruz: Do You Trust Trump to Appoint the Next Supreme Court Justice?

As we move to our nation’s date with destiny — to Trump or not to Trump — Ted Cruz is using the life issue to make the case that Donald Trump can’t be trusted to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, a champion for life, marriage, religious liberty — and that pesky Second Amendment: Trump is upset that Cruz called Trump’s sister a “radical pro-abortion extremist” judge and seems unaware that she struck down a partial-birth abortion bill in New Jersey, really not long after he said on national TV that he would not ban partial-birth abortion because he was (then) totally

After Justice Scalia’s Passing, Republicans Need a Unified Message

Republicans have a winning message on the replacement of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and all the candidates need to get on board. It’s a two part message. Let the people decide in November, because President Obama’s (or Hillary’s) appointee would radicalize the country. The Senate is exercising its constitutional duty to withhold consent by holding no hearings or votes, so that it can preserve the people’s right to vote on the court’s direction this November. And what they are voting on is a specific set of issues: a court that would impose partial-birth abortion, delete the Second Amendment, and

Justice Scalia: Supreme Court Is a “Threat to Democracy”

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia just leveled his most scathing remarks to date on the Court for its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges earlier this summer.  In a speech at Rhodes College, Scalia claimed the court is getting further away from interpreting the Constitution and closer to imposing its own desires as law: “Saying that the Constitution requires practice, which is contrary to the religious beliefs of many of our citizens,” Scalia said – “I don’t know how you can get more extreme than that.” Scalia described the Obergefell v. Hodges decision as the “furthest imaginable extension of the Supreme Court doing whatever

Top Five Zingers in Scalia’s Same-Sex Marriage Dissent

On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to redefine marriage across the nation to include same-sex unions.  Justice Antonin Scalia was one of the dissenting justices.  Here are the top five zingers from his blistering dissent: 5. “Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. . . This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of