After a Democratic filibuster of Neil Gorsuch, Congressional Republicans have exercised the “nuclear option,” dismantling the requirement of a 60-vote cloture movement before voting on Supreme Court nominees. Gorsuch can be confirmed with a mere 51 supporting senators, an up-or-down vote scheduled for Friday.
So what now?
Two law professors write in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that we should “stop worrying and learn to love the nuclear option.”
On the other hand, an opposing law professor writes a piece for U.S. News arguing that to kill the filibuster is to “kill trust in the court.”
When all is said and done, at least one thing is certain — it will have been an excellent day for C-SPAN ratings.