Shields: ‘Republicans Have Put Themselves in a Terrible Position’ on Merrick Garland
SHIELDS: "I agree and echo what David has said about Judge Garland. And, Judy, the knocks on him from the liberal side is, A, he’s a white male. And, you know, you have to have somebody who’s, I don’t know what, biracial or something else."
WOODRUFF: "But he’s too much of a centrist."
SHIELDS: "That he — and he’s 63 years old, which doesn’t seem old at all to me. (Laughter) But — no, but the irony here is, I think the Republicans have put themselves in a terrible position. I really do. I mean, before the body was cold of Judge Scalia, before his family had been told, Mitch McConnell tried to head off a charge from the conservative insurgents against the establishment that they weren’t sufficiently conservative enough, so they are going to earn that. And they have taken a position basically that comes down to this. Barack Obama is the only president since World War II other than Dwight Eisenhower to twice win 51 percent of the popular vote. And what they want to say is, he’s got a three-year term for his second term. So, by that logic, that logic, the people should decide. The 24 Republican senators who are up for reelection this year shouldn’t vote on anything between now and November, until the people have spoken. I mean, so I just really think they have taken a terrible political position, and I think it’s increasingly unpopular and eventually unsustainable."