Quick Pitch by Jerry Mileur, Why Dems Shouldn't Filibuster Gorsuch
Senate Democrats will make a major mistake if they filibuster the Gorsuch nomination. There is no issue here, other than that Gorsuch is a conservative. Not only will the filibuster be futile, but it will also lead the GOP to change the rules. The result then will be that Gorsuch will be approved, and the Democrats will lose the power to block subsequent nominations that may really be offensive and deserve to be blocked. In short, a filibuster is a lose-lose strategy for the Democrats.
Jerry Mileur is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at The University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His most recent book, "The Stars are Back; The St. Louis Cardinals, the Boston Red Sox, and Player Unrest in 1946" (Southern Illinois University Press, 2013) combines his love for baseball and politics.