"I was in the Senate when the Republicans" stonewalling around appointments caused Senate Democratic majority to switch the vote threshold on appointments from 60 to 51.

"I think it's a dark day in the history of the United State's Senate", McCain told CNN's "New Day." It's a guaranteed firewall to protect the balance of the Court by insisting on 60-votes for the next possible nominee. "If we were, every Supreme Court nominee would pass unanimously, 100 to zero". After the "nuclear option", the Senate will vote again to invoke cloture on a simple majority vote.

For Republicans and Trump, Gorsuch's confirmation would be a moment of triumph, a bright spot in a troubled young administration that's failed on the legislative front with the health care bill and is under investigation over Russian Federation connections. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on Gorsuch's nomination on April 3. In the face of the filibuster, McConnell would be expected to force through the rule change, leading to a final vote on Friday evening to confirm Gorsuch by a simple majority. Moreover, while Senate Democrats whine about Merrick Garland, Obama's initial pick to fill the vacancy, Senate Republicans were adhering to precedent through the Biden rule.

Gorsuch's confirmation will also be vindication for McConnell's strategy of refusing to fill Scalia's seat a year ago, instead leaving it open for the next president, even though few imagined then that that person would be Trump. Judge Gorsuch's record shows that he is committed to stopping judicial activism and interpreting cases on the basis of what the constitution actually says rather than on the basis of an ideological bias or of a desire to legislate from the bench. But pondering such a change for passing legislation, which would allow the party in power to pass bills with little or no notice, debate or amendments offered by the minority party, could be politically perilous, Koger said.

Gorsuch will be confirmed "and he should be", the No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, said during Monday's debate.

Democrats made clear they had no plans to do so, and blamed Republicans for pushing them to attempt a almost unheard of filibuster of a well-qualified Supreme Court pick.

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When a reporter noted again that she had not actually answered the question, Murkowski responded: "I am working to get Judge Gorsuch confirmed to Supreme Court". But Leahy said Gorsuch's refusal to provide clear answers, and the Republicans' treatment past year of former Democratic President Barack Obama's Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, helped form his opposition to Gorsuch.

Democrats are angry in part because McConnell and Grassley previous year blocked President Barack Obama's pick for the job after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge from Colorado, needs at least eight Democrats to support him to reach the 60-vote threshold necessary to break a promised Senate filibuster against his appointment.

It would be better for everyone if the two sides struck a bargain that resulted in Gorsuch's confirmation and preserved the filibuster for future nominees.

Floor action: Gorsuch nomination brought to the floor. Some of the more liberal justices are among the oldest on the court, so more court openings could pop up.

To the contrary, those who wish to successfully fight the President's disastrous budget, his health care and immigration plans and more - as we do - must step outside the bubble and see that the bid to block Gorsuch only weakens that larger posture.

Restoring the nine-seat high court's conservative majority would fulfil one of Trump's top promises during the 2016 presidential campaign. GOP likely to change Senate rules to confirm him.


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