Just in case the GOP leadership completely caves in on the pending SCOTUS nomination this year (not that they have a history of doing that or anything) it’s probably worth taking a look at just what we’ll be getting if Merrick Garland ascends to the highest court in the land. We’ve heard repeated drumbeats in the media about how he’s the moderate choice who won’t satisfy liberals and he’s the best conservatives could hope for out of this president. To a certain extent there may be some truth to that because there are clearly far more odious choices out there waiting in the wings. (Justice Elizabeth Warren, anyone?)
But just because you’re not dealing with the absolute worst pick possible, that doesn’t mean that it’s still not disastrously bad. There are any number of issues where Garland would likely twist the court into one of the most liberal we’ve seen in our lifetimes, none quite so serious as the question of fundamental Second Amendment rights. Chris Cox of the NRA-ILA took to the pages of the Washington Post this week with all the evidence you should need to push against putting Garland in that seat even if Barack Obama had three years left in office.