U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, after two smooth days at his confirmation hearing, cruises into Wednesday's session with any questions about his prospects likely shifting from the Judiciary Committee to the full Senate. Justin Mitchell reports.
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch cruising into day three of Senate confirmation hearings with an eye past the Senate Judiciary committee and onto whether or not he can get the votes he needs in the full Senate. Gorsuch avoided getting into trouble during his first day of testimony Tuesday, though his refusal to state how he would rule on certain cases rankled several Democrats…and that might be a bad sign. While the GOP controls 52 of the 100 senate seats, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has already said the Democrats plan to block the vote on Gorsuch, meaning he'll need 60 votes to get through-and THAT means flipping eight Democrats. But if Democrats hold firm against Gorsuch, Republicans have another card to play. They can change Senate rules to allow a simple majority to give Gorsuch the seat vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia, but that so-called "nuclear option" could have longstanding repercussions, freeing Democrats to push through their own nominees when they have the majority in the future.