Harris a Month Late and Dollars Short on Garland Hearings; Sanchez Wasn’t

Loretta Sanchez, Kamala Harris, photo credit: LA Times

Loretta Sanchez, Kamala Harris, photo credit: LA Times

As California’s AG, you’d think US Senate candidate Kamala Harris would be on top of things like the Senate Republicans refusing to give Justice Merrick Garland a full hearing on his way to a Supreme Court appointment. But sadly, she isn’t.

Got the note below in my email Wednesday afternoon:


No Californian could walk into work, tell their boss “I’m not going to do my job for the next year,” and expect to keep their job. That seems like common sense, but apparently it’s not in Washington, DC. President Obama announced Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee to the Supreme Court on March 16th.

Before he even made the announcement, obstructionists in Washington said they would not hold hearings or a vote on the nominee until after the election. In other words, they announced that they wouldn’t do their jobs as obligated by the Constitution for almost a year.

Today I’m joining California Democrats to tell Republicans in Washington, DC to fulfill their duties.

Urge obstructionists in Washington to do their jobs. Click here to sign on >>

Our country is best served when we have a full bench on the Supreme Court. Obstructionists in the Senate should stop standing in the way.


Wait, wait…she only joined California Democrats **today** to tell Republicans to do their job?  April 13. 2016?  Did this one get away from her “to do” list from March?

Let’s turn back the hands of time to March 17, 2016.  Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez made this announcement:

“I strongly support President Obama’s nomination of Justice Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley should immediately set a hearing date so that Senators may fulfill their Constitutional duty. 

“Every day that Senate Republicans do not take action, they prove that they are more interested in playing politics rather than fulfilling their responsibility to the American people. 

“Republican Senate leaders say they want the next President to select a nominee, in the hope that there will be a Republican President. Are they really holding up this nomination so that their Party’s almost certain presidential candidate, Donald Trump, will be the one who picks the next Supreme Court Justice? 

“Our current President has made an outstanding choice in Justice Merrick Garland, who has received Republican support in his past confirmations. He is balanced, fair, and incredibly qualified to be a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.”


I can’t explain what took Harris so long to jump on the bandwagon and urge fellow Californian Democrats to do what they likely did weeks ago.  But if it takes her a month to react to something so painfully obvious, all I can really do is shake my head.


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