Who knows if this stuff makes a difference (why yes, I am feeling incredibly defeated and depressed lately), but there is a petition saying that the Senate has waived its right to weigh in on Obama’s Supreme Court nominee due to excessive delay, and Obama should be able to just appoint Merrick Garland at this point. They claim there is legal precedent in United States v. Olano “which ruled that the holder of a constitutional right may waive the right by engaging in an excessive delay in exercising it.”