“President Obama’s team has asked if I would meet with Judge Merrick Garland, and I have agreed to do so out of courtesy and respect for both the president and the judge,” Sen. Toomey wrote. “The vacancy left by Justice Scalia’s passing will not be filled until after the American people weigh in and select a new president, and I believe that is the best approach for deciding whether to alter the balance of the Supreme Court. I plan on making that clear to Judge Garland when I meet with him.”
Toomey has stated several times that he won’t vote to confirm Judge Garland so it’s unlikely that he’ll reverse himself, at least so quickly. Nonetheless, the White House has targeted the Senator since the beginning and it appears that strategy has had a tiny bit of success.
Sen. Toomey may also have been influenced by his colleague Bob Casey, who met with Garland yesterday.
Either way the Judge will have the opportunity to pitch himself, even if his pleas fall on deaf ears.