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AR2-JCN Statements Applauding Senate GOP Leadership On SCOTUS

Both the Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) and the America Rising Squared (AR2) were proud to be key players in the Supreme Court fight earlier this year. See below for a “What They Are Saying” compilation that highlights the commentary on the impact of the Senate GOP leadership’s Supreme Court strategy as well as statements from both JCN & AR2.

“Thank you, Majority Leader McConnell and Chairman Grassley, for giving the American people a voice in filling the vacancy left by Justice Scalia’s untimely death. The people deserved to be heard yesterday, and their voice was unmistakable. A sizable majority of voters named lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court as one of the most important factors in their voting decision. I share their concern and look forward to working with both President Trump and the new Senate to protect and defend the Constitution.” – Carrie Severino, Chief Counsel and Policy Director, Judicial Crisis Network (JCN)

“Leader McConnell and Chairman Grassley deserve great credit for ensuring that the American people’s voice was heard on the next Supreme Court Justice, in the face of tremendous pressure from Senate Democrats and the White House. As a result of their bold leadership, the Supreme Court will not be pushed in an extreme liberal direction – an incredibly important and lasting contribution to our Constitution and conservative principles.” – Brian Rogers, Executive Director, America Rising Squared (AR2)


The Washington Post: “The political earthquake that hit Tuesday night has enormous consequences for the Supreme Court, swallowing up Judge Merrick Garland’s ill-fated nomination and dismantling Democratic hopes for a liberal majority on the high court for the first time in nearly a half-century.”

The Wall Street Journal: “Republicans took a big gamble on the Supreme Court earlier this year when they shut down President Barack Obama’s effort to fill a vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February. Now, it appears that extraordinary bet may pay off.” 

Politico: “Republicans are looking at an open-ended opportunity next year to reshape American policy across an array of issue areas and the Supreme Court, with a vacancy ready to be filled due to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s blockade of Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland. That nomination is now a moot point.”

Bloomberg: “Republicans shocked Democrats by keeping control of the Senate, setting the stage for President-elect Donald Trump to enact a broad conservative agenda and ensure a Republican Supreme Court for a generation.” 

USA Today: “The biggest prize in the presidential election always was the Supreme Court. Now, Donald Trump is positioned to make it more conservative, possibly for generations to come. But that change won’t happen immediately.” 

Forbes: “Donald J. Trump’s victory in the presidential election means a long-running conservative project to shape the U.S. Supreme Court, which seemed doomed after Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death last February, has been revived.”

Roll Call: “The election results end the hopes for President Barack Obama’s long-languishing pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland, since Republicans still control the Senate’s confirmation process.” 

The Federalist: “The nomination of Judge Merrick Garland nomination is dead Senate Republicans’ strategy of not even considering Garland, of letting the American people decide who gets to fill Scalia’s seat, worked.”

Bloomberg’s Steven T. Dennis: “Mitch McConnell’s Merrick Garland gamble is now the bet of the century, extending Republican dominance of SCOTUS for a generation.”

IJ Review’s Justin Green: “The McConnell bet not to confirm Merrick Garland appears to have been vindicated.”

Wall Street Journal’s Damian Paletta: “McConnell’s gamble to block Merrick Garland is starting to look genius.”

CNBC’s John Harwood: “Among many Republicans vindicated, from standpoint of their goals, is Mitch McConnell in his decision to block Merrick Garland from SCOTUS”

The Resurgent’s Erick Erickson: “Congratulations to Merrick Garland on becoming a Jeopardy answer.”

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