In splashy prime-time fashion President Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch, a federal appellate court judge from Colorado to the US Supreme Court yesterday, fulfilling a campaign promise to nominate a conservative originalist. At 49, Gorsuch is expected to keep the court's conservative status quo for years to come. Some Democrats want to fight the nomination as payback for Republicans stonewalling President Obama's own pick, for nearly a year. Will the GOP escalate all the way to what's called “the nuclear option -- and do away with the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees altogether?
The brewing battle over Number 9
- Ramesh Ponnuru - National Review / American Enterprise Institute - @RameshPonnuru
- Mark Joseph Stern - Slate - @mjs_DC
- Adam Liptak - New York Times - @adamliptak
- Richard Arenberg - Brown University - @richarenberg