At the moment, it sucks to be Merrick Garland. He has been nominated to be the Supreme Court justice and the Republicans will not even give him a vote.
It is not that they have depraved things to say about him; they just do not want President Obama to fill the vacant court seat.
It is worth noticing that there are 46 other Garlands. I.e. 46 other judicial nominees are in the same boat. They are not in line for Supreme Court, but like Garland, they are the nominees to federal courts who are not getting votes. That is only because the GOP leaders do not want to confirm the judges until 2017. By then, they hope, a Republican will be in White House & will recommend a nominees they like better.
They are not only screwing the judicial branch of Govt. by slow down confirmations but they are screwing their own selves. Some GOP legislators really need a judicial nominee confirmed, but their own party leaders are refusing them.
Take Suzanne Mitchell, who would fill a seat on U.S. District Court for Western District of Oklahoma that has been vacant for 1,006 days. Both of her senators, Republicans James Lankford & James Inhofe, endorse her. However, it has been 4 months since her nomination and the Chairperson for the Judiciary Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley, has not even given Mitchell a hearing.
For some wider perspective, consider that the Republicans have only set 16 judicial nominees since becoming Senate majority in Jan. 2015. At this same point in President George W. Bush’s 8th year, when the Democrats controlled Senate, 40 judicial nominees had been established.
President Barrack Obama said that what Republicans are doing to courts is “dangerous.”
“There is a lot of work that needs to get done & you need judges, & right now, there are emergency situations in the districts across country,” said the president.
When vacancies are not filled on Supreme Court and elsewhere, “people then just view courts as an extension of our political parties — polarized political parties,” he added. “If confidence in courts consistently breaks down, then you start seeing our attitudes about the democracy generally starting to break down, a legitimacy breaking down in ways that are dangerous.”