1. The Administration's strategy of denial re: Judge Garland is patently ridiculous, and when historians look back on the Obama years this will be one of the most difficult things to explain. When you are faced with unprecedented obstruction, you are being given carte blanche to do the unprecedented yourself and make a recess appointment. (This could have been done as early as March 21, when a two-week "State Work Period" Senate recess began).
2. In a somewhat related vein, looks like at least one Democratic candidate has earned grudging praise from Trent Lott. The Palladium of Bipartisanship (copyright 1994, Newt Gingrich) often goes to the most unlikely of competitors.