Senators should stop having a fit about President Obama getting to fill a Supreme Court vacancy and start the confirmation process.

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PRESIDENT Obama appears to have made a wise choice in nominating Merrick Garland, a respected judge and former prosecutor, to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Showing far less wisdom are Republican Senate leaders refusing to consider his nomination. Led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., their bullheaded, petty partisanship further undermines Americans’ respect for Congress and faith in their political system.

Garland is indisputably qualified with a record of judicial excellence. He was supported by a majority of Republicans and Democrats when he was appointed in 1997 to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where he’s now chief judge.

If GOP leaders want to regain favor and prove theirs is still a party of integrity and civility, they need to stop having a fit over the president’s role to fill a Supreme Court seat. The Senate should start the confirmation process.

The obstinance on display and the gridlock it creates are why Americans are so fed up with entrenched political forces.”

The obstinance on display and the gridlock it creates are why Americans are so fed up with entrenched political forces. They are why voters are turning to outsiders like Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., as their presidential choices.

In angling to delay the nomination until after the presidential election, Republican leaders bizarrely talk about giving people a choice — as if the people didn’t already choose President Obama.

These contradictions are embodied in the disappointing statement issued Wednesday by Washington’s own U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane. She is the fourth highest ranked Republican in the U.S. House, serving as Republican conference chair.

Defending the noxious politicking, she said Americans “aren’t going to settle for business as usual” and that the Senate gets to decide how to move forward on the confirmation process.

The problem is, the Senate, by not moving forward, is denying people the choice they made in electing President Obama.

Both Washingtons deserve better. Vote on Garland’s confirmation by summer.