In three days of marathon sessions lasting up to 10 hours, Judge Gorsuch has been handling the hostile Democratic interrogations with aplomb. He distanced himself from comments about him from the president, saying that he made no promises to repeal Roe v. Wade or any other rulings. He sidestepped commentary on issues that he may have to rule on.
Republicans have 52 votes in the Senate. Gorsuch needs 60 votes to shut off a potential filibuster. Unless at least eight Democrats vote for the nominee, the Republican leadership is threatening “the nuclear option.” That is, to change the Senate rules to eliminate the filibuster option.
One development that Democrats will jump on: The Supreme Court just overturned one of Judge Gorsuch’s decisions.
There will be another day of testimony on Thursday. The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on April 3. The goal is for the whole Senate to vote on the confirmation before the mid-April recess. See this for more background. (The Senate has the “advise and consent” responsibility for confirming Supreme Court justices, cabinet members, and other high government office. The House of Representatives is not part of the picture.)