Well this is great news. It sounds like McConnell is ready and willing to use the nuclear option to kill the filibuster in order to get Gorsuch nominated, telling Republicans not to feel guilty about it:
POLITICO – Mitch McConnell told his leadership team in private this week what’s becoming increasingly obvious on Capitol Hill: Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch probably won’t get 60 votes to avoid a filibuster.
But the Senate majority leader had an equally pressing message: Republicans should have no compunction about pulling the trigger on the “nuclear option” — with Democrats resisting a high court nominee as well-pedigreed as Gorsuch.
“Feel no guilt,” McConnell said, according to attendees.
McConnell’s attempt to buck up his GOP ranks, relayed by three sources in attendance, underscores the high stakes of the Gorsuch battle as the Senate barrels toward a likely nuclear showdown next week: His confirmation is, to put it mildly, a can’t-lose for Republicans.
I must say I’m heartened that McConnell is ready to do this given how much he’s caved in the past. I honestly wasn’t sure if he had it in him, but now it seems he’s the one telling Republicans it’s the right thing to do.