I'm surprised but as I noted in comments here and here, on balance, can see how he is a reasonable choice given the whole situation. This includes the other choices' wishes etc. The whole situation, like for Kennedy in '88/89, is not totally ideal. But, this is the sane good government choice. Replacing SCALIA. Some on the left will go in their "Obama failed us" routine. The ones who assure us anyone is doomed anyway. Anyway, do your job Senate.