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It has been 9 months since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to replace Antonia Scalia to the Supreme Court. Garland is hardly the only justice waiting confirmation, since there are currently 105 total vacancies, with a total of 59 nominees pending.
Merrick Garland is the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He graduated summa cum laude for Harvard, and was the valedictorian for his class. Harvard, an he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.
To most rational people, he would be an excellent choice to be on the Supreme Court, which is why he was nominated by Barack Obama on March 16. However, the obstructionists under McConnell have so far opposed his confirmation, in large part because he is considering "anti gun".
Since Congress is controlled by the NRA, he won't get confirmed until the adults control the Senate. Currently, the adults hold 48 seats, and the Republicans hold 52. Tantalizing close, but not quite good enough.
If the Democrats had regained control of the Senate, they could have refused to confirm ANY of Trump's dubious cabinet picks until Merrick Garland gets confirmed.
I'm still hoping that the 3 state recount prevents Trump from taking the oath of office. If that happens, we can FINALLY make progress on getting a highly qualified individual to move up to the Supreme Court.