The storm unleashed on Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., regarding Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is a case study in what’s wrong with U.S. politics and government. Moran said recently that, as a senator, he had a duty to ask tough questions of Garland, and that he would rather be criticized for how he voted than for not doing his job. But putting duty before partisan politics was beyond the pale for some conservative groups, which issued press releases and launched ads suggesting Moran was a traitor. Moran eventually caved. An aide issued a statement last week saying that Moran had examined Garland’s record and decided a hearing wasn’t necessary. The statement also said that Moran “remains committed to preventing this president from putting another justice on the highest court in the land.” No wonder so little gets done in Washington, D.C. – Phillip Brownlee
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