CNN: W.H.’s Officially Confirming that Merrick Garland Is President Obama’s SCOTUS Pick
"Carol, the White House is now officially confirming that Merrick Garland is president Obama's pick to fill justice Scalia's seat on the high court. The White House has sent out some comments ahead of the announcement at 11:00 this morning in the Rose Garden saying that throughout his career, Chief Judge Garland has shown a rare ability to bring everyone together and earn respect from everyone that he has worked with. He once said anytime judge Garland disagrees, you're in a difficult area. I think this is interesting because senator hatch, who spoke about judge Garland a year ago, I have no doubts that Garland would get a lot of Senate votes and I will do my best to help him get them. And, of course, this is all in the context, Carol, of Senate Republicans, including Senator Hatch, saying that they are not going to hold a hearing for any President Obama nominee. And this goes straight to what we have been expecting, that whoever is chosen is a consensus pick, a moderate, and Merrick Garland fits that bill. He has a reputation as a brilliant and meticulous judge, playing it straight and deciding every case based on what the law requires."