Merrick Garland got shut out.
Democrats still insist that President Obama’s pick to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat will be a major factor for voters in November — but the party’s top leaders didn’t mention him during hours of prime-time speeches at their national convention last week.
Several mentioned the importance of the Supreme Court, but Judge Garland wasn’t even a footnote to those speeches, with leaders potentially forgoing their best chance to turn his confirmation into a voting issue.
Democrats insist that voters do care about Judge Garland, whose nomination has been held up for months. Republicans say the next president should have the power to choose the next Supreme Court justice.
Republican Party strategist Ford O’Connell said the problem for Democrats is that most voters know little about the Supreme Court and the delay in acting on Judge Garland’s nomination is not the electoral winner they thought it would be.
“So this is not an oversight. They just realize it is not an effective argument to rally their troops,” he said.