The Republicans have devolved American politics to partisanship in the worst way. It's one of the most despicable, detestable acts of political incompetence in recent memory. Merrick Garland is an undoubtedly qualified individual. The only reason the Senate should not confirm ANY Supreme Court nominee nominated by the President is if they have some sort of history of criminal activity, have an ongoing legal battle that should call to question their ability to properly serve as a judiciary, or has committed a heinous crime of some magnitude which would disqualify him as a candidate. None of these categories are so. Also, they say "The American people should be allowed to exercise their right to vote to decide who gets confirmed." This is nonsense. The American people voted for Barack Obama TWICE. They voted for him to uphold his constitutional duties, which he has done by nominating Merrick Garland. The only people in this situation NOT upholding their constitutional duties is the United States Senate, most particularly the 54 Republican senators holding up the process. This is a distasteful and disgraceful showing in American politics and if I had my way, those senators would stand trial for political obstructionism.
Yes, I believe that the United States Senate will end up approving the nomination of Merrick Garland because Garland is well qualified and capable of doing well on the Supreme Court Justice. A recent poll came out showing that a majority of the American people approve Obama's recommendation, so it's only a matter of time before the Senate approves Garland to the highest legal office in the land.
The Republican controlled Senate is unlikely to even debate the nomination of Merrick Garland, much less place it to a vote. They are playing politics, and appealing to their right wing base. For this reason, even if it appears they are likely to lose the Senate and White House in November, a vote seems unlikely. This means denying him the chance for a fair hearing.
The Republican Senate has demonstrated its desire against a vote on Supreme Court Nominee, Merrick Garland. They have made it clear that the do not believe the President should appoint a Justice in the last year of his Presidency. They have stated this should be left to the American people by exercising their right to vote int he upcoming election.
The nomination for a new Supreme Court justice is part of a power struggle going on in the Senate. Unfortunately, any nominee of President Obama will not be approved by Republicans in the Senate no matter how qualified the nominee is. A new Supreme Court justice will not be nominated until the next President takes office.