Democratic senators continue to press their Republican counterparts to hold confirmation hearings and vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland, to fill the seat left vacant by the death of arch-conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
Even so, Democrats, who are in the minority and must rely on Republicans to advance a nominee, are continuing the fight, arguing against protracted delay in filling a Supreme Court vacancy.
Washington insiders say the standoff is unlikely to end anytime soon.
“Most people don’t know a lot about the Supreme Court,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “But the base of both parties do know how valuable this [fight] is and how important this is."