If the Republican majority changes the Senate precedent, Democrats will no longer be able to filibuster Neil Gorsuch’s appointment to the Supreme Court, writes Eliza Relman of Business Insider. Mitch McConnell has said that Gorsuch will be appointed by the end of the week. This would be a nuisance to Democrats, who strongly oppose Gorsuch’s nomination, according to Relman. She suggests that applying the 'nuclear' option will allow Republicans to slide any future nominations past Democrats, who would be unable to block them. With ageing Democratic justices this opens the door for a Republican majority in the Supreme Court.
Democrats forced the GOP’s hand willingly in making it apply the ‘nuclear’ option, knowing that it could benefit them in the long run, notes CNN’s Eric Bradner. He writes that the filibuster has historically been used by conservatives, so its abolition favours Democrats. Bradner observes that some of them wanted to highlight Gorsuch’s unpopularity by forcing the GOP to use its last resort. Democrats invite the ‘nuclear’ option as it will make ruling easier in the future, reports Bradner. In the likelihood that they can take back the Senate, they would be less hampered by Republican opposition.