Judge Garland’s nomination languished for 293 days until it expired with the formal adjournment of the 114th Congress. Republicans said their inaction on the nomination was a way to permit voters to weigh in on the Supreme Court’s direction by electing the next president. Democrats accused Republicans of “stealing” a nomination that voters entrusted to President Barack Obama in his 2012 re-election.No funny business of the type discussed here and here happened.
I wish Merrick Garland well in his continued service on the Court of Appeals, and I thank President Obama for not doing anything bizarre in the transition from the old to the new Congress today. I hope that's a sign of restraint that will prevail in the next 17 days until the new President arrives.