White House sets up Twitter feed to promote Supreme Court nominee, push Senate to hold hearings

Courtesy of GeekWire:

“I have fulfilled my constitutional duty,” President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. “Now it’s time for the Senate to do theirs.” No, the President wasn’t specifically referencing the creation of a new Twitter account to promote his Supreme Court nominee. But those words and plenty of others are already on the page dedicated to the President’s choice.

The SCOTUS Nomination page,@SCOTUSnom, is aimed at garnering public support for federal Judge Merrick Garland, Obama’s pick to fill the seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February.

While highlighting Garland’s credentials, the Twitter feed is also driving home the point that the Senate should actually hold hearings on the nomination, despite opposition from Republican senators who want to block an election-year confirmation.

A video pinned to the top of the page introduces the 63-year-old Garland, who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The first several tweets from the new account reiterated facts concerning the President’s constitutional obligation to nominate candidates for empty Supreme Court seats, and the Senate’s duty to conduct a hearing or a vote on nominees.