In a display of naked partisanship and political opportunism, Republican Sen. Jeff Flake revealed that if a Democrat were to win the presidential election in November, then Republicans should move to confirm Merrick Garland out of fear that the next President’s nominee would be less to their liking:
“If we come to a point, I have said all along, where we’re going to lose the election or we lose the election in November, then we ought to approve him quickly,” Flake said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I’m certain that he’ll be more conservative than a Hillary Clinton nomination, come January.”
Flake joins Sen. Orrin Hatch, the Senate's most-senior Republican member and a former judiciary chairman, who has also said that he would be open to confirming Garland if Republicans were to lose the presidential election.
It’s disturbing that U.S. Senators would be so comfortable revealing their strategy of holding the Constitution hostage over political calculations, and that they’d be willing to deny a hearing and a vote for a nominee that they clearly believe to be qualified.