- The fight against confirming Neil Gorsuch was predictable, but it may have some surprising consequences for Democrats
- They have lost leverage to oppose another justice nomination if there is a second vacancy during the Trump administration
Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)This was an eventful week for two government institutions, the Supreme Court and Senate. More than a year after Justice Antonin Scalia's death, the high court will on Monday finally return to a full complement of nine justices. But the confirmation of the newest justice, Neil Gorsuch, happened only after the Senate decided, on a party-line vote, to exercise the "nuclear option" and remove filibusters for Supreme Court nominations.