Merrick Garland gets some attention

Pressure to hold hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland are intensifying as Obama barnstorms for his confirmation, Chuck Grassley faces unpopularity during a reelection year for his stonewalling the process, and conservatives freak out over the increasing odds of a President Clinton and Democratic Senate in the spring.

Democrats in the Senate, so far conspicuously lukewarm on Garland’s nomination, would probably block Garland’s confirmation if Republicans try and push the process during the lame duck session after the election.