Dear MoveOn member,
On Thursday, I met with Chief Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.
And I'm feeling optimistic right now, because I just heard from my friends at MoveOn about their new, bold strategy to break the Republican blockade on his nomination.
You see, they have their eye on one senator who's at the center of the Supreme Court fight. And they have a plan that I really think could work to bring that senator around—and start a domino effect that leads to hearings and an up-or-down vote on President Obama's nomination of Judge Garland.
To make it work, MoveOn is going to launch a powerful campaign targeting that one Senate Republican. But they need to raise $150,000 by Tuesday to pull it off. Can you help out?
The GOP is right: The American people should have a voice in the selection of the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. In fact, we did—when President Obama won the 2012 election by five million votes.
The Constitution says that the president nominates justices to the Supreme Court, with the advice and consent of the Senate. Nowhere does it say "...except when there's a year left in the term of a Democratic president."
The Republicans are turning one of the most solemn and consequential decisions that U.S. senators make into a partisan circus. It's utterly unprecedented. And we simply can't let them get away with it.
That's why I'm excited about MoveOn's campaign to put an end to Republican obstruction on the Supreme Court. But we need your help to make it work.
One Republican senator even admitted that he’d support Judge Garland if he had been nominated by a Republican president—just not this president.1 That’s an insult to President Obama, to the Constitution, and to the American people.
Thanks for all you do.
1. "GOP Sen. Toomey: I'd Consider Garland If The Next Prez Nominated Him," Talking Points Memo, March 16, 2016
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