These hearings have really opened my eyes. I have said Merrick Garland should have received Senate hearings and a vote. I felt the Republicans were afraid they would have found him so reasonable and moderate they couldn't come up with a real reason to vote against him. I concluded he was a moderate who should have been confirmed.
I was wrong. These hearings have exposed him as evasive, with legal convictions that shift with the pandering winds. When he isn't meandering away from giving clear answers, he is explaining his justification for repressive crackdowns. He is a dangerous authoritarian, albeit in Mr. Meek disguise. The Republicans should have voted against him in 2016. They should vote against him now.