There will be a battle and Chuck Schumer's nostrils will flare, pulling out all of the oxygen in the room, even though the Senate Minority Leader from New York says it's just business, nothing personal, and certainly not revenge. But you know he will be fighting the appointment every step of the way as Republicans move to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
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The nuclear option will happen if the GOP quashes the filibuster, a process the Democrats kept scratching at in 2013 when they nuked the filibuster for most judicial and executive-branch nominees.
The party of the KKK had the majority back then and never thought they would lose it, as former Senate leader Reid decided to keep the minority Republicans from keeping the country from bowing to the will of Obama. Instead of the 60 votes normally needed to nominate appointees, all the Democrats needed was 51 votes.
This is how the party of Bull Connor and Robert Byrd was able to pack the lower courts with Obama liberals.
Even Schumer admits that Republicans have an edge since they control the Congress and the White House. He knows that no matter how many tears he sheds, all of Trump's cabinet choices are likely to be confirmed--and his choices appear to be even more conservative than were Ronald Reagan's.
The only exception Reid left when he changed the rules, was with the Supreme Court. So to get things done, Mitch McConnell might have no alternative but to use his power as House Majority Leader, to squash the filibuster altogether.
If McConnell cannot persuade eight Democrats to go along with Trump's SCOTUS nominee while ensuring all 52 Republicans vote for Trump's pick, then he will have to go nuclear.
McConnell's decision to hold off Obama's choice of Judge Merrick Garland after Justice Scalia died last February was a gamble that paid off, big league.
Thank you Harry.