WASHINGTON, DC – It’s official. President Obama has finally made his pick.
That would be the University of Kansas Jayhawks to win the men’s NCAA championship.
And he picked the University of Connecticut to win the women’s championship.
He also made another pick, and that was DC circuit court chief judge Merrick Garland from Chicago to the Supreme Court.
Obama praised Garland’s experience as a judge and his ability to build consensus. “These qualities and his long commitment to public service have earned him the respect and admiration of leaders from both sides of the aisle.”
Garland responded by telling reporters, “This is the greatest honor of my life. Other than Lynn agreeing to marry me 28 years ago. It's also the greatest gift I've ever received, except, and there's another caveat, the birth of our daughters, Becky and Jesse.”
Texas’s senior senator John Cornyn is not only a Republican, but he’s also a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which means he was obliged to put forth the party line: “The only way to empower the American people and ensure they have a voice is for the next President to make the nomination to fill this vacancy.”
Judge Garland may see his nomination as an honor and a gift, but it puts him in the middle of the Washington cross-fire as both parties use him to score political points.