Exactly. Unfortunately, Obama took playing "the dignified negro" a little too far. People who were going to hate him just for being black, were not going to change their minds because he was "nice". So he was just a bit of a pushover, when it came to Garland. It should have at least cost McConnell something for not doing his job. Instead, Obama went along with the "no SC nominees in the last year" BS. As soon as Republicans started saying "no consent to any Hillary nominees", he should have put his foot down. Preferably on some of those azholes necks.
Like file lawsuits and fund recall drives.