Why the GOP’s Merrick Garland strategy could be a disaster for Republicans - Salon.com
by Andrew Koppelman (Northwestern Law School)
The election strategy by which McConnell hopes to keep Republican control of the Senate — and his own office as majority leader — depends on preventing voters from associating their Republican senator or Senate candidate with Trump. The Democrats in turn will try to superglue any Republican to Trump. But the Democrats have a problem of their own: Most Republican officeholders aren’t affiliated with Trump and aren’t doing anything to help him. In order for superglue to work, you need a large contact surface.
The united front against Garland could change that. You can imagine one Democratic line of attack: They would declare that the Republican candidate wants to trust Trump to fill a Supreme Court vacancy – and that voters have to decide whether they love Trump as much as their Republican Senator or Senate candidate evidently does.