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Obama picks centrist high court nominee; Republicans unmoved
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Obama picks centrist high court nominee; Republicans unmoved

Lawrence Hurley Mar 16th 2016 11:10AM

http://www.aol.com/article/2016/03/16/wa.../21328594/

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama selected Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, choosing a centrist judge meant to win over recalcitrant Senate Republicans whose leaders wasted no time in spurning the Democratic president. A bruising political fight is brewing over the nomination, which also promises to figure in the already contentious campaign ahead of the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. The Republican-led Senate's leaders have vowed not to hold confirmation hearings or an up-or-down vote on any Obama nominee.

Garland, 63, was picked to replace long-serving conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Feb. 13. A Chicagoan like Obama, he serves as chief judge of the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and is a former prosecutor who in the past has won praise from both Republicans and Democrats. Republicans, hoping a candidate from their party wins the presidential election, are demanding that Obama leave the seat vacant and let his successor, to be sworn in next January, make the selection. Billionaire businessman Donald Trump is leading among Republicans for the nomination. Obama's former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, is the front-runner for the Democrats.

The lifetime appointment to the high court requires Senate confirmation. Obama said Republican senators should give Garland a fair hearing, saying that failing to do so "will not only be an abdication of the Senate's constitutional duty, it will indicate a process for nominating and confirming judges that is beyond repair." Such a move would undermine the reputation of the Supreme Court and faith in the American justice system. "Our democracy will ultimately suffer as well," Obama added, as he introduced Garland at a White House Rose Garden ceremony.

Scalia's death left the nine-member Supreme Court evenly split with four liberals and four conservative justices. Obama's nominee could tilt the court to the left for the first time in decades, which could affect rulings on contentious issues including abortion, gun rights, the death penalty and political spending. Obama said the Supreme Court was supposed to be above politics and it should remain so. "At a time when our politics are so polarized, at a time when norms and customs of political rhetoric and courtesy and comity are so often treated like they're disposable, this is precisely the time when we should play it straight, and treat the process of appointing a Supreme Court justice with the seriousness and care it deserves," Obama said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky swiftly reiterated that the Senate will not consider the nomination by the president. A McConnell spokesman said the senator had spoken by phone with Garland and would not hold a "perfunctory meeting" with him. "It seems clear that President Obama made this nomination not with the intent of seeing the nominee confirmed, but in order to politicize it for purposes of the election," McConnell said on the Senate floor. John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Senate Republican, added, "This person will not be confirmed, so there's no reason going through some motions and pretending like it will happen, because it's not going to happen."

CRACKS IN MCCONNELL'S STRATEGY

Some cracks began appearing in McConnell's strategy of completely shutting out the nominee. A handful of Republican senators including Susan Collins of Maine, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Rob Portman of Ohio said they would be willing to meet with Garland. Collins said the Senate Judiciary Committee should hold confirmation hearings. Judiciary Committee member Orrin Hatch, whose past support of Garland was cited by Obama, said the pick does not change his view "at this point" that no Obama nominee should be considered. Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, who is in a tough re-election battle, said, "Should Merrick Garland be nominated again by the next president, I would be happy to carefully consider his nomination."

Obama said Garland would start meeting with senators one-on-one on Thursday. Garland is the oldest Supreme Court nominee since Republican Richard Nixon in 1971 nominated Lewis Powell, who was 64. Presidents tend to pick nominees younger than that so they can serve for decades and extend a president's legacy. Obama may reason that the choice of an older nominee might also entice Senate Republicans into considering his selection. Garland would become the fourth Jewish member of the nine-member court. There are five Roman Catholics on the court. Obama considered but passed over Garland when he made two prior Supreme Court appointments.

With solid Republican support, the Senate voted in 1997 to confirm Garland to his present job in a bipartisan 76-23 vote after he was nominated by Democratic President Bill Clinton. Garland is widely viewed as a moderate. He is a former prosecutor who served in the Justice Department under Clinton. He oversaw the prosecution in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing case including securing the death penalty for the lead defendant, anti-government militant Timothy McVeigh. In his current post, he is known for narrow, centrist opinions and rhetoric that is measured rather than inflammatory even when in dissent.[Image: 56e1ba9ae4b04c9ad104f854_cv1.jpg]
KEEP WORKING, OBAMA TELLS SENATORS

Standing in between Obama and Vice President Joe Biden during the Rose Garden ceremony, an emotional Garland referred to the Oklahoma City bombing case, saying, "Once again, I saw the importance of assuring victims and families that the justice system could work." Obama said he fulfilled his constitutional duty by naming a nominee and said it was time for the Senate to do its constitutional duty. "Presidents do not stop working in the final year of their term. Neither should a senator," Obama added. Obama, in office since 2009, has already named two justices to the Supreme Court: Sonia Sotomayor, who at 55 became the first Hispanic justice in 2009, and Elena Kagan, who was 50 when she became the fourth woman ever to serve on the court in 2010.

Democrats praised his latest choice. "If Merrick Garland can't get bipartisan support no one can," Democratic Senator Charles Schumer said.
Hillary Clinton called Garland "a brilliant legal mind," urging the Senate to move ahead with the confirmation process. Trump said it was critical for Republicans to take back the White House to avoid Democrats shaping the Supreme Court for decades to come.

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This may be a more devious choice than simply picking out a moderate. IF the Oklahoma City incident was a false flag attack, or simply some sort of cover-up, then certainly the lead prosecutor for the government in that case could have access to information/evidence that was inconsistent with the official story. There may be an unusual amount of backroom/boardroom pressure put on the Senate to confirm.
"All that is necessary for tyranny to succeed is for good men to do nothing." (unknown)

James Tracy: "There is sometimes an undue amount of paranoia among some conspiracy researchers that can contribute to flawed observations and analysis."

Gary Cornwell (Dept. Chief Counsel HSCA): "A fact merely marks the point at which we have agreed to let investigation cease."

Alan Ford: "Just because you believe it, that doesn't make it so."
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Drew, On your comment on the OKC bombing, how would that influence the nominating process? It would point towards Clinton but nobody wants to touch that one.
"We'll know our disinformation campaign is complete when everything the American public believes is false." --William J. Casey, D.C.I

"We will lead every revolution against us." --Theodore Herzl
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Interesting. I tried to respond to your post and my internet connection froze and my response was lost. Even the auto save function didn't recover my answer.
"All that is necessary for tyranny to succeed is for good men to do nothing." (unknown)

James Tracy: "There is sometimes an undue amount of paranoia among some conspiracy researchers that can contribute to flawed observations and analysis."

Gary Cornwell (Dept. Chief Counsel HSCA): "A fact merely marks the point at which we have agreed to let investigation cease."

Alan Ford: "Just because you believe it, that doesn't make it so."
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I did not mean to imply that Clinton planned OKC, or that Hilary would somehow benefit. What I meant was, IF some secret conspiracy, of whatever stripe or color, planned and executed OKC (as many people seem to believe), then those same "conspirators" might exercise any influence they may have, to securing, for an ally in the necessary cover-up to such an alleged conspiracy, a seat on the US Supreme Court.

I will watch with interest to see if the Republican Establishment can, in fact, beat Garland "like a piñata." Or will even try.
"All that is necessary for tyranny to succeed is for good men to do nothing." (unknown)

James Tracy: "There is sometimes an undue amount of paranoia among some conspiracy researchers that can contribute to flawed observations and analysis."

Gary Cornwell (Dept. Chief Counsel HSCA): "A fact merely marks the point at which we have agreed to let investigation cease."

Alan Ford: "Just because you believe it, that doesn't make it so."
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Drew Phipps Wrote:I did not mean to imply that Clinton planned OKC, or that Hilary would somehow benefit. What I meant was, IF some secret conspiracy, of whatever stripe or color, planned and executed OKC (as many people seem to believe), then those same "conspirators" might exercise any influence they may have, to securing, for an ally in the necessary cover-up to such an alleged conspiracy, a seat on the US Supreme Court.

I will watch with interest to see if the Republican Establishment can, in fact, beat Garland "like a piñata." Or will even try.

Gotcha. And yes, the process will be interesting.
"We'll know our disinformation campaign is complete when everything the American public believes is false." --William J. Casey, D.C.I

"We will lead every revolution against us." --Theodore Herzl
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Drew Phipps Wrote:I did not mean to imply that Clinton planned OKC, or that Hilary would somehow benefit. What I meant was, IF some secret conspiracy, of whatever stripe or color, planned and executed OKC (as many people seem to believe), then those same "conspirators" might exercise any influence they may have, to securing, for an ally in the necessary cover-up to such an alleged conspiracy, a seat on the US Supreme Court.

I will watch with interest to see if the Republican Establishment can, in fact, beat Garland "like a piñata." Or will even try.

I have to admit I did not follow the trial...but I do know that justice was not done in the case. McVeigh was, at best, a patsy and possible co-conspirator or co-patsy. A fertilizer home-made bomb could not have done what was done, nor can anything explain away those who had pre-knowledge and wired up the building for demolition that day....all those involved before, during and the cover-up after were not on trial nor were they allowed to be mentioned at trial. So, this judge is either very dense or was in the know to bury the truth and silence one man who could blow the whistle on the Truth. To me, further confirmation that Obama is ultimately a part of the or a puppet of the Deep Political establishment. Whether this will move the Republicans I doubt. The entire political system is so totally dysfunctional except to enrich and empower the rich, impoverish the poor and middle class, continue the process of taking away rights and freedoms, and making endless war - other than those things, it does nothing and has no interest in doing anything.....
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass
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#7
See A Noblel Lie. It's excellent and makes the case for false flag. Dry run for 9-11.

Dawn
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Garland is most likely a good team player in the national security state, and is being rewarded for that. The GOP might be more willing to accept him on those grounds.

Shortly before he was executed, the FBI revealed that it had withheld thousands of pages of documents on McVeigh from the defense. This should have led to his conviction being overturned, but of course it didn't.

Funny how the GOP was warning any potential nominee that their career might be wrecked by a bloody confirmation fight, at the same time they were saying they wouldn't even give him a hearing or a vote. Or even meet with the nominee. Can't have both scenarios, folks. But then the GOP is the reality-free zone today.
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Chris Emery was on the Tim Kelly podcast this week, discussing Ruby Ridge, Waco, TWA800 and OKC:





I highly recommend listening to his previous appearance if you haven't done so already:

“The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.”
― Leo Tolstoy,
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Drew: More on the idea that the OKC bombing trial could be used as leverage. I am thinking that it something in his favor. He earned his Eagle Scout award for that trial. It showed that he can be counted on; that he is a player. FWIW.
"We'll know our disinformation campaign is complete when everything the American public believes is false." --William J. Casey, D.C.I

"We will lead every revolution against us." --Theodore Herzl
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