U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil M. Gorsuch is now likely to be confirmed following 20-odd hours of Senate Judiciary Committee questioning this week, says the New York Times. The committee will hold a final session on Thursday featuring expert panelists discussing the judge. Maybe he’ll clear the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster, attracting sufficient support from Democrats — particularly those from states that President Trump won. Or maybe skeptics will hold the line and force Republicans to change longstanding Senate rules to elevate Judge Gorsuch on a simple majority vote.
But this much is clear: Nothing that’s happened this week has made much of a difference. Three days of hearings marked by attacks and deflections have left the Senate committee more or less where it started. If the Republicans’ goal was to persuade Democrats of a moral imperative to join them in support, they fell short. (In some cases, the nominee’s sparring with Democrats may have pushed some further away.) And if Democrats harbored any hope of raising doubts about Judge Gorsuch among Republicans, they came nowhere close.