March 17, 2016

Even with the inevitable bothsiderism oozing out of his accusation to Senator Orrin Hatch, Neil Cavuto did a pretty good job of exposing the hypocrisy in Republicans' blanket opposition to Judge Merrick Garland's nomination.

After a back-and-forth at the beginning where Cavuto also nailed him down well on the obstructionism and nonsense claim that it's an election year so nothing should get done, he got down to business.

Transcript via Media Matters:

CAVUTO: When does he become a lame duck, senator? Is it the last year? Because that's a long time.

HATCH: When it comes to the Supreme Court, yes. Because let me tell you something, especially this year, I've never seen such a toxic year, such a horrific year as we have right now. And these Supreme Court nominations shouldn't be great big battles every time a president picks somebody. And the president ought to be careful to pick people, whoever the president is, that literally will do the job, and not allow politics to take over.

CAVUTO: So you would subscribe to that senator, if it's a Republican president who gets in, the last year he's in office, he submits a name, you as a Republican and a prominent one at that would tell him, "No, we can't consider it."

HATCH: Well, I think we would. I mean, we -- I've actually advised presidents not to do that. But unfortunately, we haven't had any late situations where someone has been put up, other than Justice Kennedy. And that was after they had smeared Bob Bork, and hurt [Douglas H.] Ginsburg --

CAVUTO: Fair enough, nevertheless it was in the final year of Ronald Reagan's presidency.

HATCH: Well, but everybody just kind of gave up at that point.

CAVUTO: I understand that but there is precedent.

HATCH: Yea there's precedent, but it wasn't a toxic year like this, nor was it a year where people are all up in arms about everything. And frankly, that's what bothers me. I'm tired of the court being politicized. And this is politicizing the court during this particular year.

CAVUTO: Well no, no offense, senator. You've played a part in politicizing it. Now, maybe that wasn't your goal, but both parties do this.

If Cavuto had really gone all in, he would have slapped Hatch for the whole schtick about people being all up in arms about everything, by pointing out that the obstructionism and rhetoric flowing out of the GOP for the past seven years is responsible.

Still, credit where it's due. He did at least force some of the blame to be owned by the intellectually dishonest and ridiculous senior Senator from Utah.

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