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Strategy on Garland: Act as Though He’ll Get Senate Hearing

Posted By Administration, Monday, April 04, 2016

Merrick B. Garland, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals here, has been sequestered in a kind of alternate reality in a small conference room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House, cramming for questions from senators as if hearings on his nomination to the Supreme Court will happen this year.

The preparations — described by top aides as businesslike — are part of a deliberate White House strategy to ignore the fact that Republicans have refused to even consider his nomination. Mr. Obama’s aides and Judge Garland’s allies have concluded that acting as if the Supreme Court nomination is going ahead is the best way to maximize pressure on their adversaries.

Read the whole story at NY Times

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