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Trump will fill the vacancy, just as Democrats tried in vain to warn voters at one point during the election. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Merrick Garland’s nomination was the dog that just never barked in the 2016 election. It was inside baseball that Republicans were, and nobody cared.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who made the decision not to bring Garland’s nomination to the Senate floor to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, doesn’t seem to have suffered for it. Shockingly, his Senate majority survived an election where it was supposed to die. And now Donald Trump will fill the vacancy, just as Democrats tried in vain to warn voters at one point during the election.

“He will have an opportunity to fill the Supreme Court vacancy,” McConnell said of Trump. “As you know, I said in February of this year, to a hail of controversy, that I thought it best that the American people decide who made this appointment to the Supreme Court. I thought I was on pretty firm footing in doing that. It had been 80 years since a vacancy created in the middle of a presidential election year was confirmed by the Senate. You’d have to go back to 1888 to find the last time a vacancy on the Supreme Court in the middle of a presidential election year was confirmed by a Senate of the opposite party of the president.”

Either way, McConnell came out on top of this one.

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