Thursday, March 17, 2016

A "Good Trump" should endorse Garland for the Supreme Court

If Donald Trump were just a fraction as smart as he claims to be, he would endorse the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to be on the US Supreme Court.

Say what?

Trump needs to prove there is indeed “another” Trump, as ex-candidate Ben Carson claimed in endorsing Trump. If there is a “Good Trump,” it's time for him to step up, and there's no better way than by endorsing Garland.

Trump could certainly benefit from the “halo effect” that surrounds the eminently qualified and virtuous Garland. No senator in either party argues that Garland is anything less than a prudent, thoughtful judge who would bring much to the Supreme Court.

In supporting Garland, Trump would once again set himself apart from the hide-bound conservative Republican establishment. That would prove that he can at least be consistent in his willingness to buck the hide-bound orthodoxy of the Republican Congressional leadership.

He would take a stand against partisan gridlock. In short, he would be seen as rising above politics, something many yearn for.

He would prove that he knows character when he sees it and that he believes it should be rewarded.

He could wrap himself in that holy of holies, The U.S. Constitution.

He could, at last, begin to be seen as a healer rather than the terrible divider he has been for the past year.

And finally, he would begin to expand his base, which he desperately needs to do to win in November.

The problem is that so far Trump has given no evidence that there is a “Good Trump,” except apparently to Carson.

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