Massachusetts Former Governor Deval Patrick would be a wise choice to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
Why ? For the same reason President Eisenhower chose California Governor Earl Warren who turned out to be one of the great Justices of the 20th century. Even though Ike later said it was the worst decision he made when Warren turned out to be a liberal, leading the Court to a unanimous decision in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision overturning segregation in public schools. Ironically, that case was argued by a young Thurgood Marshall who would later become the first African American to serve on the Supremes when President Johnson nominated him in 1965.
When Deval Patrick left public office after honorably serving two terms as our Governor there was widespread speculation in the media and Washington that President Obama would either appoint him Attorney General to replace Eric Holder or nominate him to SCOTUS if a vacancy opened during his Administration.
Governor Patrick is young, liberal, out of office, vetted, and a tested, skilled politician. He has legal experience litigating on behalf of corporate clients and, most importantly, as President Clinton’s Assistant Attorney General heading up the Civil Rights Division.
But now, obstructionist Republican senators, led by Majority Leader McConnell, are threatening to block the President’s nominee from coming to the floor for an up or down vote — BEFORE the President has even submitted his name to the Judiciary Committee for consideration. This is a clear violation of their Constitutional Oath of Office under Article II: ” the President shall have the Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate… to appoint Judges of the Supreme Court.”
I have news for the conservative Republican Congress. The President’s term of office does not end until January 20, 2017 at noon. If they try to stall this nomination they will pay a price at the polls in November with a crushing defeat for their presidential nominee along with all Republican candidates down ballot. Article XX, Section 1 says that: ” the terms of Senators and Representatives end on January 3″ which means that there is a 17 day window in which a new Senate can approve an outgoing Presidential nominee. So I say, bring it on.
I believe a Justice Patrick would restore minority voting rights, ensure healthcare to all, protect the progress we have made for women, labor unions and workers, environmental advocates, the LGBTQ community AND overturn the abominable Citizens United decision that allowed dirty money to corrupt clean elections.
Fate has given President Obama a rare opportunity to cement his legacy by securing a liberal majority on the Court for the next generation. He could use it to appoint an eminently qualified candidate—his trusted friend and confidant — Deval Patrick.
YES, HE SHOULD !
Fred Rich LaRiccia