This blog post by Robert Schlesinger of U.S. News and World Report aims to show that the opposition to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court is “nonsensical.”
The blog post addresses the claims made by Orrin Hatch in an op-ed article for The New York Times. In the article, Hatch says that “throughout its history, the Senate has never confirmed a nominee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy that occurred this late in a term-limited president’s time in office.”
Schlesinger points out that this is technically true. The Senate has never confirmed a nominee this late, but solely because these circumstances have never occurred before. Schlesinger also points out that Hatch’s claims are defending not confirming Garland, but they do nothing to defend the actions of the politicians who are currently refusing to even consider the nomination.