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nomination of Merrick garland to the Supreme Court Wednesday ending weeks of speculation following the death of Antonin Scalia and setting up a monumental confirmation fight between Obama's nominee and Republicans in the Senate , but they won't even meet with the president pet or hold confirmation hearings , but that might be exactly why the White House tapped garland for the job Reuters editor Joan Biskupic covers the Supreme Court for over a decade , second of all he had a very long tenure as a federal judge I he didn't come out of nowhere and the third thing is at this age sixty three he will not serve as long , presumably as someone who would be in her forties or fifties , garland nickname from south of the relentless crimefighter prosecuting Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh he was appointed to the DC court of appeals by president Clinton and confirmed by Republican Senate in nineteen ninety seven Merrick garland right now Sir panic where they handle namely regulatory matters and he has a reputation country , but then when you asked about the high profile issues of the day abortion affirmative action the death penalty Merrick garland Clinton no record isn't Europe there because the court he's I'm just simply does not handle both crime prevention , but Senate Republicans wasted no time in restating their condition it seems clear that president Obama may just nomination not , of the election they will not confirm any nominee made by president Barack Obama