The Washington Post profiles Merrick Garland. "Unlike several other possible candidates to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Merrick B. Garland probably won't face conservative opposition. Instead, it could be liberals lining up against him. A small but vocal group of activists is privately saying that Garland is not liberal enough to replace the legendary Stevens, whose opinions defended gay rights and abortion rights and opposed the death penalty. They say Garland is a centrist who won't champion liberal concerns, too often finds middle ground with his conservative colleagues on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit."
National Journal's Stuart Taylor is a Garland fan. "[T]he president could do no better than Garland if he wants a moderate liberal universally seen as a paragon of fairness, open-mindedness, and collegiality, with broad experience as a high-level Justice Department troubleshooter, as a prosecutor who showed extraordinary empathy for victims, and as a corporate litigator."