BREAKING: Supreme Court

Date: 2016-03-16 18:50
From: “Jo Comerford,
Civic Action”

President Obama just nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. But Senate Republican leaders say they won't hold hearings or even meet with him—even though many of them supported him in the past and voted to confirm him to the D.C. Circuit court.

Dear MoveOn member,

President Obama just nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme

But Senate Republican leaders say they won’t hold hearings or even meet
with him—even though many of them supported him in the past and voted to
confirm him to the D.C. Circuit court.^1

Why are GOP senators so hell-bent on stonewalling any nominee? Because
Republican appointees have held a majority—essentially a lock—on the
Supreme Court since 1972.^2 Now, for the first time in decades, liberal
justices could take charge of the Supreme Court—and not just for the next
year or two, but possibly for a generation.

With so much on the line—from abortion rights to the future of Citizens
United—we’re working around the clock to pressure vulnerable Republican
senators to do their job and give fair consideration to President Obama’s

Can you chip in $3 to our campaign right now?

[5]Yes, I’ll chip in.

The GOP Senate leadership can continue to dig their heels in and abdicate
their constitutional duty, but they have an Achilles heel. If vulnerable
GOP senators who are up for election this fall come under fire back home
for obstructionism, they could risk losing their seats—and Republican
control of the Senate—in November. It’s all going to come down to how much
pressure we can put on those vulnerable senators.

During the GOP-led government shutdown in 2013, MoveOn helped channel
unyielding public pressure to break Republican obstructionism. Ultimately,
Republicans backed down, ended the shutdown—and got effectively none of
their demands met.

That same type of pressure is how we’ll be able to break the Republican
chokehold on the Supreme Court now. That’s the only way we’ll win.

[10]Please chip in $3 right now to our emergency campaign
so MoveOn can apply unwavering public pressure on Republicans, until they
consider President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.

Here’s our rapid-response plan:

* Next Monday, MoveOn and 27 national allies are organizing a national
day of action while Republican senators are home. We’ll hit the
streets, show up at offices, and demand that they do their jobs. We’ll
flood offices with phone calls. And we’ll take to social media.

* We’re producing video content—including an explainer video from Robert
Reich—that makes clear how unprecedented this Republican
obstructionism is.

* We’ll follow vulnerable GOP senators around. We’ll show up at their
public events and offices again and again, putting them on the spot as
to why they aren’t doing their jobs, and making sure they know there’s
a political price to pay for such obstructionism.

* Then, the moment senators return to Washington in just over two weeks,
we’ll join with a broad coalition of partners to flood their offices
with calls. Again. For days. If they won’t do their jobs, we’ll make
sure their phones are tied up with demands from constituents that they
get back to work.

One-third of all presidents have appointed justices in election years.^3
And the stakes this time could not be greater—from abortion rights to
immigrant rights to worker rights to affirmative action—and that’s just
this year alone, not to mention the cases for years to come. We’ll amplify
those facts louder than the obstructionist howls of the Republican Party.

For the first time in decades, liberals could hold a majority on the
Supreme Court—with sweeping and profound implications for the lives of
every single American. We simply cannot let this opportunity slip through
our fingers. Join us.

[15]Click here to chip in $3 now.

Thanks for all you do.

—Jo, Robert, Ilya, Anna, and the rest of the team


1. “SCOTUS pick coming today,” Politico, March 16, 2016

2. “After 45 years of conservative rulings, here’s what a liberal Supreme
Court would do,” The Washington Post, February 19, 2016

3. “One-third of all U.S. presidents appointed a Supreme Court justice in
an election year,” The Washington Post, February 29, 2016


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