Today was Biden’s Attorney General nominee Judge Merrick Garland’s hearing. There was not a lot of substance and listening to the Democrats speak, you would think that former Attorneys General William Barr and Jeff Sessions were the most partisan in history. Senator Ted Cruz did a great job of pointing out who really was a partisan attorney general, President Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder:
While refusing to comment on individual past AGs, AG nominee nominee Garland agrees that DOJ should not be politicized . And while not explicitly rebuking Holder, he makes clear that AGs cannot act in the fashion that Holder and his successor Lynch are accused of doing. 2/2— RNLA ⚖️ (@TheRepLawyer) February 22, 2021
.@TedCruz: "Eric Holder described his role as attorney general as being the wingman for President Obama."— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 22, 2021
Merrick Garland: "I can assure you I do not regard myself as anything other than the lawyer for the people of the United States. I'm not the president's lawyer." pic.twitter.com/R4ifpDmrFO
As Ed Whelan points out, Judge Garland was sometimes evasive:
What's so difficult about it? The easy answer for contact sports and for competitions of speed and/or strength is no. https://t.co/jgfPFXJeWE— Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) February 22, 2021
Senator Cotton questioned Judge Garland on racial equity as opposed to racial discrimination.
Judge Garland agrees that it's wrong and immoral to discriminate based on race.— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) February 22, 2021
I hope he'll oppose any of President Biden's so-called equity initiatives that treat Americans differently based on the color of their skin. pic.twitter.com/dVXm2UAQUY
While GOP Senators tried to question Judge Garland on substance issues, liberals were doing ridiculous things such as comparing Senator Josh Hawley to Senator McCarthy for pointing, yes pointing. This response to media darling and liberal history Professor Michael Beschloss sums it up well.
Cool story bro pic.twitter.com/TSMAFQ50Q3— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) February 22, 2021
Of course liberal efforts to focus on the past included bringing up Garland’s prior Presidential election year nomination to the Supreme Court. Senator Grassley put that history in perspective:
Sen. @ChuckGrassley rips Democrats for their treatment of Justice Kavanaugh:— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 22, 2021
"It's true that I didn't give Judge Garland a hearing. I also didn't mischaracterize his record...I didn't go through his high school yearbook. I didn't make his wife leave the hearing in tears." pic.twitter.com/9X8VS3Icn8
Judge Garland is likely to be confirmed as Republicans treat qualified nominees who pledge to uphold the rule of law with respect. Republicans focus on their qualifications and history. Other nominees for Department of Justice positions, however, are not as qualified nor have they shown a commitment to the rule of law. While Garland will be confirmed, serious concerns remain on other DOJ nominees.