SUPREME COURT/TRUMP PEOPLE/NEIL GORSUCH: “Delaware Sen. Chris Coons said he doubts Neil Gorsuch will get the necessary 60 votes in the Senate to be confirmed to the Supreme Court, and that he is bracing for Republicans to go for the so-called nuclear option to push the Trump administration’s pick through without any support from Democrats.
‘I think this is tragic,’ Coons said on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ about the nuclear option that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he may employ to get Gorsuch on the bench. ‘And on talking to friends on both sides of the aisle, we’ve got a lot of senators concerned about where we’re headed. There’s Republicans still very mad at us over the 2013 change to the filibuster rule, we’re mad at them for shutting down the government, they’re mad at us for Gorsuch, and we’re not headed in a good direction.’
Gorsuch, who enjoys widespread support from Republican lawmakers, is expected to come up short, as he needs eight Democratic lawmakers to support him in a confirmation vote unless Republicans pursue the nuclear option that would allow Gorsuch to be approved by a simple majority. The Supreme Court pick, who was grilled by Democrats last week during four days of hearings, is unpopular among Democrats who think he is far too conservative for the bench. Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer has repeatedly signaled that Democrats will vigorously oppose Gorsuch’s confirmation.”

-Kelsey Sutton, “Sen. Coons: Republican nuclear option to confirm Gorsuch is ‘tragic’,” Politico, March 27, 2017