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How to make the Senate consider Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court

How to make the Senate consider Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court

Nearly two months after President Obama tapped Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, the Senate has failed to schedule so much as a hearing on his nomination.

The Senate taking a long time to get something done is hardly noteworthy. What is shocking, however, is how boldly and unapologetically Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republican lawmakers have declared their intention to put politics before the functioning of the Supreme Court.

Senators and representatives of both parties have lauded Garland as a dedicated public servant, an outstanding legal mind and a worthy nominee. Neither McConnell, Senate Judiciary...

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