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Raw politics, not principle, drives GOP's Supreme Court obstinacy

Raw politics, not principle, drives GOP's Supreme Court obstinacy

Let's get one thing straight: There is not a single cherished principle involved in the Senate Republicans' refusal to hold confirmation hearings for Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama's Supreme Court nominee. Their opposition is entirely about partisan politics and appeasing the militant conservatives who have GOP senators cowering in fear of losing their jobs to right wing challengers.

Mr. Garland by every reasonable measure, is exceptionally qualified to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the high court. Here is what one veteran observer of judicial matters said of him: "His intelligence and his scholarship cannot be questioned. ... Mr. Garland's experience,...

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