In an apparent strategic leak from the Obama administration, multiple news organizations are now reporting that the president is considering nominating Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval for the Supreme Court.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday: “Sandoval is increasingly viewed by some key Democrats as perhaps the only nominee President Obama could select who would be able to break a Republican blockade in the Senate.”
Nearly all Republicans in the Senate and in the presidential race say they are against Obama nominating a justice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. They say they want the next president to make the choice.
Reacting to the news, some conservatives on Twitter dismissed the idea that Obama would actually nominate a moderate Republican like Sandoval, even if he is pro-choice on abortion.
isn’t the #BrianSandoval “consideration” a play to get Senate GOP to say they’d consider confirming him and then nominate a dem?
— Kurt Bardella (@kurtbardella) February 24, 2016
He’s not going to pick Sandoval. He wants reporters to ask hypotheticals and peel off GOPers who say “maybe.” https://t.co/szXYAqkGMh
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) February 24, 2016
Media knows Obama won’t appoint Sandoval. But they run the leak anyway to show how “racist” GOP congress it to their own. That’s the game
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) February 24, 2016
Should Obama nominate someone like Sandoval, he might be able to win over some Republican senators. But it’s also likely that some conservatives in the Senate would still refuse to confirm an Obama pick and some liberals would demand a progressive replacement to Scalia.