President Obama has nominated Scott M. Matheson Jr. to the 10th circuit court of appeals; and in a completely unrelated event, Matheson’s brother, Utah congressman Jim Matheson was among a group of 10 democrats who met at the White House to discuss their votes on healthcare with the President. Jim Matheson had previously voted against the House healthcare bill, now Obama wants to talk it over.
Of course the allegations of bribery and buying votes have already surfaced and one can only gather that the nomination of Scott M. Matheson Jr. to the US circuit court has a secondary motive behind it. Let’s get the question out of the way. Did Obama nominate Scott Matheson to the US circuit court so his brother Jim will vote yes on Obamacare? There, I said it.
As the Weekly Standard points out, Congressman Jim Matheson voted twice against Obamacare; once in committee and again during the full house vote. He’s now considered one of the 10 undecided’s who could make or break Obama’s healthcare legacy.
The timing of Obama’s nomination of Scott M. Matheson Jr. is nothing short of suspicious. This nomination appears to be dubious at best, downright unethical at worst. Sure there’s no law against Obama nominating whomever he wants to the courts. He can nominate every democratic congressman’s brother or sister or father-in-law to any federal job he wants; it just doesn’t look good.
So who is Scott M. Matheson Jr.? He teaches at the College of Law at the University of Utah, he once taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, he was also a US Attorney for the district of Utah; he attended Stanford, Yale and Oxford. He’s no doubt qualified to serve as a federal appeals judge. But that’s not really the point is it? This is what Obama said about the nomination:
“Scott Matheson is a distinguished candidate for the Tenth Circuit court,” President Obama said. “Both his legal and academic credentials are impressive and his commitment to judicial integrity is unwavering. I am honored to nominate this lifelong Utahn to the federal bench.”
Interestingly enough, Politico says that a spokesperson for Jim Matheson’s office said absolutely not to the question of Obama nominating Scott M. Matheson Jr. in exchange for his yes vote on healthcare. The White House said it was “absurd.” Of course it’s absurd to think that something like this would be done so blatantly obvious for all to see. And of course there’s no “deal” per say, nothing tangible, nothing concrete; but it sure is fishy to all of us who have a brain in our heads.
This White House has proven time and time again that they will stoop to just about any level to get what they want. Obama’s nomination of Scott M. Matheson Jr. to the 10th Circuit court of appeals raises more questions than it gives answers. Here’s just a friendly prediction, Rep. Jim Matheson will miraculously see the error of his ways and cast a vote in the affirmative for Obamacare. Any takers?