A political battle is coming over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch – but the question is how far will the Democrats push the fight.
"The Supreme Court nominee's got a solid record," observes Gary Bauer of the Campaign for Working Families. "There's going to be a brutal battle to get him on the Supreme Court."
Democrats will challenge the legitimacy of Gorsuch, predicts Curt Levey, of The Committee for Justice, but he doubts the Democrats will filibuster the nomination.
"Because if they did, there'd be a permanent end to the filibuster for the Supreme Court," says Levey. "And then the Democrats would have no leverage when they really need it, which is when they're replacing a Kennedy or a Ginsburg."
Levey shared his nomination predictions in an op-ed for The Hill, the D.C.-based media website. He predicts that Democrats will use the confirmation hearings to attack Trump. Republicans should give room to their Democratic colleagues, he suggests, who are suffering from "Trump Derangement Syndrome" and will attack the president more than the nominee.
Levey also predicts that Democrats will employ a "favorite page" from their playbook, which is attacking a white male as a danger to women and minorities.
"Never mind that an examination of Neil Gorsuch's record reveals no such dangers," Levey writes.
Speaking to OneNewsNow about the filibuster, Levey says Democrats should keep the filibuster option around for another reason. "It moderates the pick," he explains.
Trump picked Gorsuch knowing the Democrats can filibuster, and he will also pick a second replacement on the court with the same understanding.
"But the moment that option goes away," Levey reasons, "President Trump is free to pick anyone he wants."