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Old 12 July 2018, 08:35 PM
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It was my impression at the time that Garland had a good deal of general non-partisan backing, at least before Obama nominated him to the Supreme Court. If hearings had actually been held and a vote actually taken, it's possible that he might have been confirmed; some of the Republicans might have voted for him.

The current Senate rules, as I understand it, allow the majority leader to block hearings and votes; it doesn't require a majority vote of the Senate to do so, only the one person.

If McConnell had been entirely sure that Garland would have been voted down, I don't see why he would have refused to schedule hearings and a vote. It would have looked a lot better for the Republicans to turn Garland down in that fashion than by refusing to hold hearings.
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