Topic: Politics around SCOTUS nomination
Paper type: Essay (Any Type)
Number of soruces: 4
Language: English (U.S.)
This is a multi-part question. Answer all for full credit. 1. In 2016, we had an opening on the SCOTUS with the passing of Justice Scalia in February 2016. President Obama nominated Merrick Garland and Congress chose not to debate his nomination, deciding instead to wait until after the presidential election in November to allow the new president to nominate a justice (gambling in the hopes that a Republican would become president). Explain whether you believe this was a politically correct and/or good decision. 2. In 2018, Justice Kennedy retired effective in July. President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the bench. Think back to your response in Question 1 and explain whether the Senate should have waited until after the midterm election in November 2018 to debate/confirm a justice. Why or why not? 3. What types of things should the President/Senate focus on when selecting a new justice? Should selection differ for the chief justice? Why?
The events that unfolded following the nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court by former President Barack Obama are not to be desired. The decision to uphold the nomination was at the hands of the Senate Judiciary Committee that is responsible for the vetting of Supreme Court Justice nominees. Unfortunately, the Republican legislators who form the majority of the committee decided not to debate the nomination until after the upcoming general election was over (Ulrich, 2016). Led by the outspoken Senate republican Leader of Majority – Mitch McConnell, they argued that American citizens should be allowed a say in the Supreme Court matters by voting for their preferred president. The events were not politically correct nor was it a good decision....