Krauthammer: Why Attacking Gorsuch Is a 'Losing Proposition' for Democrats
Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week.
The confirmation hearing, which starts on Monday, is expected to feature heavy Democratic opposition to Gorsuch.
Charles Krauthammer believes, however, that Gorsuch is so qualified that Democrats in Trump states will be highly pressured to confirm his nomination.
"This guy's out of central casting. This is a Gary Cooper character," Krauthammer said on "Special Report" tonight. "Attacking him is a losing proposition."
He said he expects Democrats to create a bunch of "noise" during the hearing to appease their base, but they will not force Republicans to use the "nuclear option."
The "nuclear option," as it is called on Capitol Hill, would allow Gorsuch to be confirmed with 51 votes, instead of the 60 that have traditionally been required in the Senate to break a filibuster.
Krauthammer said Democrats will instead save that strategy for the next Supreme Court nomination battle, which could be coming up soon if Justice Anthony Kennedy retires.
He said that Supreme Court appointment could swing the highest court in the land "for a generation."