by Jim Thompson
Leading progressive groups have shown broad support for President Obama’s nomination of Merrick B. Garland to the Supreme Court, reports Niraj Chokshi at The Washington Post, quoting ACS President Caroline Fredrickson who states, “His credentials cannot be questioned, he is a person of integrity and he would bring an understanding of how the world works to the nation’s highest court.”
In The New York Times, ACS Board member Linda Greenhouse blasts the obstructionist tactics of senate Republicans and invites “another Bork battle,” noting that Robert Bork at least received public hearings.
In the Huffington Post, ACS Board member Adam Winkler lauds Chief Judge Garland as an excellent choice to fill Justice Scalia’s vacant Supreme Court seat.
Polls show “most Americans want hearings and a vote on a Supreme Court nominee,” says ACS Board member Erwin Chemerinsky on CNN.
Michael Gerhardt, co-faculty advisor to the UNC Law student chapter, wrote in Slate that by nominating Merrick Garland, President Obama “showed the nation what a merit appointment looks like.”