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Why would Obama nominate Brian Sandoval?

Obama is said to be considering Republican governor Brian Sandoval as a nominee for the Supreme Court. Why would Obama do that? Why not wait until after Hillary gets wins the election and then nominate a real liberal in consultation with her?

Well Obama is a lot smarter than Republican Obama-haters give him credit for. He’s smart and he also has very good political instincts: certainly much better political instincts than the Republicans he beat out to get the job, McCain and Romney. Obviously, Obama’s political instincts are telling him that Hillary Clinton is likely to be the Democratic nominee and that she’s likely to lose in November to Donald Trump. And that this would happen even if Obama nominated a liberal to the Supreme Court and the Democrats attempted to milk the issue of obstructionist Republicans preventing the Supreme Court from being able to go about its important work with a full staff of justices.

Thus Obama believes he’s better off appointing Republican governor Brian Sandoval who, based on this NRO article, appears to be a David Souter type of Republican.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 25, 2016 at EDT am

Posted in Politics

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  1. It is a bait-and-switch. He nominates the reasonable, moderate Republican candidate in order to induce the Senate to cave on their “no hearings” policy. Then when they do agree to hearings, Obama pulls the plug on the reasonable, moderate Republican candidate and nominates a liberal candidate. And then the Senate is in a poor position to refuse any hearings…


    February 25, 2016 at EDT am

  2. I give Obama credit, this is an honorable choice if he goes through with it. The Senate Republicans would be incredibly stupid not to confirm Sandoval.

    Two in the Bush

    February 25, 2016 at EDT am

    • Ridiculous.

      Time is on the side of the Republicans. They are better off the longer they wait.


      February 25, 2016 at EDT am

  3. I can’t imagine Democrats are delighted at the prospect of a Republican politician on the Supreme Court, regardless of how moderate he is.


    February 25, 2016 at EDT am

  4. Sandoval was a trap for Republicans. They said publicly that they wouldn’t even consider one of their own. Obama wants to use intransigence against then in November. Lots of swing states with Senate races are very pro choice. Putting the Supremes front and center will help Democrats win the Senate and maybe even allow Hillary to escape Trump.

    The over fast response to the fake Sandoval leak builds the obstruction narrative. Republican senators are already losing in NH, WI, IL, and OH. They’ll lose PA and FL too before this obstruction is over.

    The last thing Obama wants is the Senate to confirm a new judge.

    When the new Democratic Senate convenes Obama will get his liberal justice in January.


    February 25, 2016 at EDT am

    • Of course Obama is very devious and could be thinking like that.

      If Republicans thought they’d lose in November then they should obviously approve Sandoval rather than hold out for a more liberal appointment. So they should definitely approve Sandoval if they believe their own shtick that Trump can’t win against Hillary.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 25, 2016 at EDT am

  5. Who do you think Obama will appoint, besides a “White” Hispanic Sandoval?

    Another loud mouth goomba from Staten Island, doesn’t bode well with America’s cess-stew!


    February 25, 2016 at EDT am

  6. The best Supreme Court Justice would be liberal on abortion and conservative on everything else. That’s hard to find, but Sandoval sounds like the closest thing. Republicans should take it.


    February 25, 2016 at EDT am

  7. Yes, the Republicans need to play the odds and reduce risk, too. Still no guarantees they win the national election, and there’s potential that widespread political backlash starts to build against their effort to obstruct for the rest of the year.

    They should go ahead and confirm him once they’ve vetted him enough to make sure that he’s not going to make a radical flip in his ideologies like Earl Warren, or be a part-time conservative like flaky like John Roberts and also isn’t some kind of Manchurian justice with a microchip in his head.

    I guess a lot of people have forgotten that a lot of the FDR-LBJ liberalization that we saw in the 50’s and 60’s was either reaffirmed or enabled by Eisenhower appointee and chief justice Earl Warren, who was much more activist than ever anticipated once he got into office. There’s some danger in Sandoval doing the same if he starts to view himself as the “wise latino” alongside Sotomayor and starts to “who/whom” his approach to the law.


    February 25, 2016 at EDT pm

  8. I don’t think this was ever a real nomination idea. I think Obama was just trolling the Senate.

    Mike Street Station

    February 25, 2016 at EDT pm

    • Agreed. Just because Obama’s “considering” Sandoval does not mean he’s actually considering him. It’s a ploy to make Republicans look even more unreasonable. If they did decide to have hearings on Sandoval (which they won’t), then it would open the door for hearings on others. The President nominates, not the Senate. They can’t decide who they are going to evaluate.


      February 25, 2016 at EDT pm

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