- Jeffrey Toobin: Supreme Court nominee is unlikely to survive political maelstrom
- Toobin says Republicans will likely not bend and allow hearing or vote on Merrick Garland
- Cost of allowing Obama pick who could tip court is too great for GOP, he says
Jeffrey Toobin is CNN's senior legal analyst and author of "The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Should Merrick Garland's friends be offering him congratulations -- or condolences? After a distinguished career in public service, Garland has been tapped for the legal profession's highest honor -- to be a Supreme Court justice. But President Barack Obama's nomination thrusts Garland into a political maelstrom he is unlikely to survive -- at least as a judge on the nation's highest court.