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I am grateful beyond words earlier bestowed upon president Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court will March into the lion's den Thursday judge Merrick garland heading to Capitol Hill to huddle with lawmakers as Republican senators promise to hold firm and denying the nominee a confirmation hearing this is about leading on the new president , our and it would be are here in the principle of letting the people have a voice Obama making a plea for Republicans to put politics aside and proceed with confirmation hearings , just about everyone not only respect but genuinely likes , that is rare and some cracks may be emerging in the GOP's opposition handful of Republican senators said they would be willing to meet with garland Republican Orrin hatch who sits on the Judiciary Committee said he didn't reject the nominee just the timing of the nomination , the confirmation process regarding the scrolling and they can sing , we're being deferred until after the election season is over for the reasons I exploring but others particularly on the campaign trail insist the role of appointing a successor to justice Antonin Scalia should fall to the next president , we are one left wing justice away from us brain court taking away our religious liberty , I Republican led Congress confirmed garland for his current job in the U. S. circuit court of appeals in Washington