President Obama has nominated Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, to replace Antonin Scalia on the US Supreme Court. Garland seems to be a well-respected jurist, by all accounts not particularly ideological in any clearly identifiable way but instead someone who will bring a proper degree of thoughtfulness to the weighty matters the court deals with.
I have long-felt that the hard-to-define quality known as ‘judicial temperament’ should be the dominant factor in selecting judges at all levels and Garland seems to have it. Of course, since pretty much anyone (with the possible exception of Ted Cruz) would be less extreme than Scalia on the bench, the Republicans are going ballistic and vowing to stop the nomination.
The Daily Show looks at their reaction.
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