It has been months since Judge Merrick Garland was nominated for appointment to the Supreme Court. The waiting in perpetuity is the longest delay ever for filling a vacancy to the Court. Having 8 members of the Court is not sufficient, as was noticeable this year when many cases could not be decided.
“Even the most politically contentious nominees, once they join the Supreme Court, can serve as unifying figures who put the bipartisan legitimacy of the institution above their own ideological agendas,” wrote the New York Times. “There’s reason to believe that Judge Garland, if confirmed, would also be a unifying figure…He could be just what America needs to help bring us together at a time when justices and citizens of different perspectives have never seemed so far apart.”
It’s time for Congress to act.
It is worth noting that Judge Garland was confirmed 76-23 in 1997 and many senators, such as Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), said, “Merrick B. Garland is highly qualified to sit on the D.C. circuit. His intelligence and his scholarship cannot be questioned… His legal experience is equally impressive.”