The Supreme Court handed down a 4-4 ruling today on Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, leaving in place a lower court ruling that allows public sector unions to collect dues from employees even if they refuse to join. Recently deceased Justice Antonin Scalia had been expected to rule against the unions as the the court’s 5th vote:

But to NBC’s Luke Russert, this 4-4 tie that benefits the unions happened not because of Scalia’s untimely death, no siree! It’s because of GOP opposition to President Obama’s SCOTUS nominee, Merrick Garland:

How does that work, Luke? The case was heard in January and GOP opposition to Judge Garland had absolutely nothing to do with it:

Russert offered up this clarification:

Anyone buying that?