The editorial boards from major newspapers in states where Republican Senators are in danger of losing re-election issued scathing editorials on Thursday urging Republicans to give President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland a fair hearing and vote.
A majority of voters in these states have said they’re less likely to vote for their senator if he or she blocks Garland from even getting a hearing. Vulnerable Republicans up for re-election are being forced to walk a tightrope between their constituents and party loyalty. But now there’s more pressure from their home state papers:
New Hampshire’s Concord Monitor:
Ayotte is no longer taking a stand for the American people, as she claims; she is blocking a hearing for a judge who is widely respected among Republicans and Democrats alike, and obstructing the proper function of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia Inquirer:
The stakes are too high to treat the appointment of a Supreme Court justice like a game of poker. Garland should be granted a fair hearing because that is the Senate’s constitutional role in this process. … Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.), using logic reminiscent of Dr. Seuss, tweeted that he would gladly consider Garland’s nomination if a president after Obama makes it.
Pennsylvania’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
What the Senate must do instead is hold the requisite committee hearing on Judge Garland and then take a floor vote on whether it considers him qualified. If Republican senators, including Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey, refuse to do their duty, voters will hold them responsible.
Wisconsin’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Now that President Barack Obama has done his job and nominated Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court, Sen. Ron Johnson and his fellow Republicans in the Senate need to do theirs and give the nominee a hearing.
Illinois’ Chicago Tribune:
But it’s pretty hard for [Republicans] to say that they have fulfilled their obligation to provide “advice and consent” on judicial appointments if they decline to assess Garland on his merits.