Republicans are vowing not to confirm any Supreme Court nominee Obama makes, and have done so both in deed and on a signed pledge. Just yesterday, Senate majority leader McConnell said Republicans will not vote on any nominee, even if a Democrat is elected in November and even in the subsequent lame duck session.
In an act of unknowing prescience, Chief Justice Roberts wrote just weeks before Justice Scalia died that the process of nominating a Justice should be free of politics.
"Anytime Judge Garland disagrees, you know you're in a difficult area," Chief Justice Roberts said at his own 2005 confirmation hearing. "We don't work as Democrats or Republicans," the chief justice said, "and I think it's a very unfortunate impression the public might get from the confirmation process."
But if anything, the Republican majority has dug in its heels, even as nominee Marrick Garland meets with Democrats and some truly patriotic Republicans.
In response, Robert Reich posted a video through moveon.org saying people should apply public pressure to their Senators through phone calls and letters.