That’s how long Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court, put forth by Barack Obama after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, sat in the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2016 without a single hearing.
The justification put forth by the 11 Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seemed to hinge on the so-called “Biden Rule”. This ‘Rule’ was based on a June 1992 speech in which Biden hypothesized that, should there be a vacancy in the last part of 1992, President Bush should either not put forth a nominee or, at the very least, “work together to overcome partisan differences”. To be clear, this was never a rule that the Senate adopted, there was no vacancy in 1992 that needed to be filled, and using that speech to ignore the Constitutional duty of the Senate to ‘advise and…
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