President Obama is known for playing his hand very close to the vest.
We’ve seen a lot of the that in recent weeks as he finishes out his final days as president with a few stunning moves to protect the environment and in retaliation against the Russians for their hacking of our election.
For months we’ve been without a Supreme Court Justice as the Republicans have obstructed Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland from his appointment.
Now Republicans are concerned as we get closer to the end of Obama’s tenure, that he will slip Garland into the vacant seat on the bench. Here’s the scenario that The Washington Times is spinning:
President Obama will have one last chance to force Judge Merrick Garland onto the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday — but it’s a legal gamble and one that has so many pitfalls that even those who say he could get away with it believe it isn’t worth the fight.
Mr. Obama’s moment will come just before noon, in the five minutes that the Senate gavels the 114th Congress out of session and the time the 115th Congress begins.
Of course, Garland’s appointment to the bench would be yet another last minute blow to the Trump presidency from President Barack Obama, so in the spirit of thwarting Trump, I will simply chime in and say, “Go for it, Mr. President!”