Or­rin Hatch called Mer­rick Gar­land “a con­sen­sus nom­i­nee” for the high court. That was be­fore Obama picked him

Supreme Court ▶ Repub­li­cans fig­ured the pres­i­dent wouldn’t pick Mer­rick Gar­land ▶ The court nom­i­nee is “es­sen­tially from cen­tral cast­ing”

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The last time Pres­i­dent Obama had a high court seat to fill, in 2010, Repub­li­cans sin­gled out Fed­eral Ap­peals Court judge Mer­rick Gar­land as their pre­ferred choice. Utah Sen­a­tor Or­rin Hatch, an in­flu­en­tial GOP voice on ju­di­cial nom­i­na­tions, said pub­licly at the time that he’d gone so far as to rec­om­mend Gar­land to the pres­i­dent as “a con­sen­sus nom­i­nee” who would get con­firmed “vir­tu­ally unan­i­mously.” Obama chose Elena Ka­gan, his so­lic­i­tor gen­eral, in­stead.

Asked on March 11 about the cur­rent open­ing cre­ated by the un­ex­pected death of Jus­tice An­tonin Scalia, Hatch told the con­ser­va­tive web­site News­max.com that Obama “could eas­ily name Mer­rick Gar­land, who is a fine man.” Hatch, who is among

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