Cranking up pressure, Dems ready to bring Garland to Capitol
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court is ready to commence courtesy calls with senators.
Democrats hope that when Merrick Garland starts making those rounds in the Capitol, it will ultimately put unbearable election-year pressure on Republicans refusing to consider any Obama nominee.
Garland plans to visit two top Democratic senators on Thursday, a day after Obama nominated the 63-year-old appellate court judge and former prosecutor for the seat.
The White House says that after a two-week Senate recess, Garland will meet with Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican.
Declining to see Garland is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has led the GOP's near-solid blockade against a hearing or vote until the next president makes a choice.