When Judge Gorsuch was nominated to the federal bench some years ago, he was unanimously approved by Democrats and Republicans, but that doesn’t matter anymore as Democrats are vowing to pull out all the stops, including the possibility of a filibuster, to stop from confirming now and it has nothing to do with Gorsuch but everything to do with Trump. Republicans are holding their breath to see what the Democrat are going to do and if they move to change Senate rules. Both sides are playing a literal game of chicken to see who will make the first move.
Senate Democrats and Republicans are playing chicken over whether President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court will be filibustered — and whether Republicans will go “nuclear” and change Senate rules to prevent Democrats from blocking Neil Gorsuch.
Several Republican senators have voiced misgivings about the GOP unilaterally changing Senate rules through a party-line vote to prevent the filibuster from being used against Supreme Court nominees.
Republicans also don’t think they’ll need to go nuclear.
Gorsuch is a conservative justice who would replace Antonin Scalia, meaning he would not shift the court’s balance. He is also not as radical a choice as might have been made by Trump.