There is much I could find to write a scathing rant about today, but there is also some good news, so I thought just for once I’d try to focus on that. Don’t expect this to become the new norm, though!
Score one for justice!
On March 16, 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Garland is politically moderate, and Obama’s hope was that he would not be found offensive to either side, particularly Republicans in the Senate led by Mitch McConnell. His hopes were to be dashed, for McConnell was determined that President Obama would not be allowed to fill that seat. Period.
Republicans themselves had spent years suggesting Garland as an acceptable Democratic choice for the Court, and it is said that Mitch McConnell and Merrick Garland were friends. However, McConnell and other Senate Republicans refused to even so much as hold a hearing or vote on the nomination, claiming that with only eight months until the presidential election, the seat should remain open for the incoming president to fill. Some even said that if Hillary Clinton were elected, the seat should remain open for four years … or forever!
It had nothing whatsoever to do with Merrick Garland’s qualifications, and everything to do with partisanship. The Senate Republicans wanted only an ultra-conservative to fill that seat, not a liberal or even a moderate. Why? Their goal was to gain a conservative majority in the Court that would be willing to overturn two previous Supreme Court decisions if the opportunity arose: Roe v Wade, and Obergefell v Hodges.
Well, today it is Merrick Garland who will have the last laugh, for President-elect Joe Biden, who will take the Oath of Office in just two weeks from today, has announced his intention to nominate Merrick Garland as United States Attorney General! From what little I know of Garland, I think he will be a fine Attorney General, and I’m admittedly not above being thrilled to know that Mitch McConnell and his uber-conservative cronies must be pulling their hair out … or will be once today’s circus in Congress has finished.
Score two for justice!
And in other positive news, the Georgia runoff elections for Georgia’s two seats in the U.S. Senate was yesterday. While the count is only about 98% complete as of this writing, Raphael Warnock, the democratic candidate, has been declared the winner over Kelly Loeffler, although by a narrow margin of 1.2%.
The other race, being even closer, has not yet been called as of this writing, but Democrat Jon Ossoff is leading over David Perdue by about .4%, or 17,567 votes. I fail to understand how so many people in Georgia could vote for Loeffler and Perdue, both of whom have allegations of insider trading and other criminal conduct in their past. However, a narrow win is better than no win. For the sake of my own health, I have stayed largely off of Twitter today, so haven’t seen any of Trump’s tweets, but I’m sure he is crying “Foul” as loudly and ignorantly as usual. However, his voice is becoming less and less relevant, even to many Republicans.
Rumour had it that Trump was planning to head for his golf course in Scotland on the 19th, the day before Joe Biden will be sworn in as President of the United States. However, Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says that Trump will not be allowed into Scotland, for the country is in strict lockdown and nobody is allowed to enter, including Trump! Guess he’ll just have to settle for Mar-a-Lago for a while.
We all need a chuckle today. You’ll love this parody of Trump’s felonious phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger last Saturday, put to the Stevie Wonder song, I Just Called to Say I Love You …