As most of you remember Merrick Garland was the very qualified jurist that President Obama nominated to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. But the obstructionist Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested that tradition prevented him from considering the nomination in the Senate and that the next president instead should have the right to select Justice Scalia’s replacement. That resulted in a short handed Supreme Court where a number of 4 – 4 votes left lower court decisions as the law of the land and possibly shortchanged Americans for decades to come.

So as one of their first actions during their power grabbing lame duck session, the Republican controlled Wisconsin Senate ‘honored’ the memory of Judge Merrick Garland by pushing through 82 nominees put out there by lame duck Governor Scott Walker. These were ‘vital positions’ that needed to be filled immediately despite the fact that some of them had been open for nearly a year. Yikes! And they did it in ONE day. No hearings, no debates, no public comments. Just fire brand partisan mean spirited poor loser activity.

And if any of you were worried about what Attorney General Brad Schimel will be up to come January…never fear…Governor Walker took care of his own:

Walker also recently gave the outgoing attorney general a seat on a court in Waukesha County ― a position that doesn’t require state Senate approval.

So the next time there is a transition in the Capitol…I suggest that Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Leader Scott Fitzgerald keep their heads down unless we elect them out of office on the next go round.

{snark alert}

One Response to Wisconsin GOP Honors The Memory of Merrick Garland!

  1. Mike says:

    Out with the old and in with the new.

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