The Politics Of Donald Trump's Supreme Court Pick — In 150 Words Judge Neil Gorsuch will be tough for Democrats to stop. He's conservative, but has stellar legal credentials. Plus, despite pressure from their base, Senate Democrats' options are limited.
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Donald Trump's Supreme Court Pick — In 100 Words And 9 Tweets

President Trump nominated federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee. If confirmed, it would tilt the balance of the court back in conservatives' favor. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump nominated federal appellate judge Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee. If confirmed, it would tilt the balance of the court back in conservatives' favor.

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Judge Gorsuch was a very traditional pick from President Trump, one any Republican president could have made. He teased reality show, but it was standard fare. That stood out in what's been a chaotic start to this presidency. Liberals are demanding resistance, but Gorsuch will be tough to stop — he has sterling legal credentials, been confirmed once by the Senate and, above all, Democrats have little leverage. They might want a pound of flesh — an eye for a Garland eye — but to what end? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could blow up the filibuster and get anyone through.