Judge Nap: Garland Is Most Conservative Nominee by a Dem in the Modern Era
Judge Andrew Napolitano reacted this morning to President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
Garland, 63, is Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals in D.C. Napolitano called Garland the "consummate Washington D.C insider," having worked as a prosecutor in the first Bush administration before being nominated as a federal judge by Bill Clinton.
"Judge Garland is the most conservative nominee to the Supreme Court by a Democratic president in the modern era," said Napolitano.
If Garland is confirmed, Napolitano said that he would not be the same kind of judge as Obama's previous choices, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
"He does not think about the law the way Barack Obama does," the judge explained, adding that it's a "lose-lose" for the president because liberals also will take issue with the pick.
Napolitano said Obama chose Garland as a way to "pry loose" Republicans who might otherwise oppose the nomination.
He predicted that the Senate will stand firm on not holding a vote on Obama's nominee, explaining that the decision rests solely with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
"The law in the Constitution is the Senate makes its own rules and move at its own pace. It cannot be told what to do by the president," said Napolitano.
Watch the judge's full analysis above.