From The Reporter's Notebook
TPM reporter Tierney Sneed attended the announcement of SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland on Wednesday.
Agree or Disagree?
David Kurtz: "The outside conservative legal groups who are the hired gun enforcers of the Senate GOP stonewall against considering any Obama SCOTUS nominee are saying they're cool with Republican senators meeting with Merrick Garland. They're even cool with discussions of confirming him in a lame duck session if a Democrats wins the White House in November. I think that's just putting a good face on things after the fact because this is not in the script they had in mind. The script was an absolute no. The whole point was avoiding getting into the particulars on the nominee. Just no. It's why Mitch McConnell made his unseemly play almost as soon as Scalia's death was confirmed to shut it all down before it started."
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From a TPM Prime member: "We've discussed this in other threads. Sanders has made clear through his statements, which are consistent with Marxist economic theory, that he believes that problems we attribute to racism can be eliminated by balancing the economic playing field -- that this is a class problem, not a race problem. The problem is, that overlooks the fact that racism has an impact on an otherwise level playing field. When two equivalent résumés are submitted to an employer, one with a "black sounding" name and the other with a "white sounding" name, the "white sounding" applicant is much more likely to be offered an interview. The economic playing field is level -- you can't tell economic class from a sheet of paper. There's no "class-based" equivalent of being pulled over for 'driving while black'."
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