I seems to me that Obama has this strategy:
- taking the Senate Republicans at their word--they won't vote to confirm any appointee now.
- Clinton is going to be the Democratic nominee and she's likely to beat Trump.
- if she beats Trump, there's some chance a nominee who's not a liberal icon and who's a little older will seem more palatable to the Republican Senate after election day. That's particularly true if the new Senate has a Democratic majority.
Paul Meringoff at Powerline, a conservative with whom I almost always disagree, seems to support my theory, writing this morning: " Things might look different in September, if Hillary Clinton is 25 points ahead of Donald Trump in the polls and the Republicans are headed towards losing the Senate. In that event, Garland might look a lot better."