Thursday morning, an op-ed from Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) was published in the Deseret News (a major Salt Lake City newspaper that is owned by the LDS Church). In it, Hatch says:
Like many of my Senate colleagues, I recently met with Chief Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to the Supreme Court. … Our meeting, however, does not change my conviction that the Senate should consider a Supreme Court nominee after this presidential election cycle.
There’s just one problem. Hatch hasn’t yet met with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. The op-ed was published early by mistake.
But at this point, it doesn’t seem to matter how the meeting goes. Hatch has already made up his mind. And it also doesn’t matter that Hatch has always given high praise to Garland both as a judge and as a personal friend. Indeed, Hatch says in the op-ed “I met with Judge Garland as a personal friend and out of respect for his position as a distinguished federal judge.” We now know that the first three words of that sentence are wrong. Anything else?