By: Hans von Spakovsky | March 21, 2016
From almost the moment that Judge Merrick Garland’s name surfaced as President Barack Obama’s choice for the U.S. Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Antonin Scalia’s untimely death, the administration spin has been that Garland is a “centrist” and a “moderate” whom conservatives will be “hard-pressed to oppose.”
No one doubts that Garland, the chief judge of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, is a very smart lawyer with an impressive background. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and clerked for a liberal stalwart of the Supreme Court, William J. Brennan. But the decisions Garland has written or participated in during his almost 20 years as a judge, after being nominated by Bill Clinton and confirmed in 1997, reflect that he is neither a centrist nor a moderate......