If nominations are to be one-party affairs when the president's party controls the Senate and a president’s nominees are to be held hostage until the next election when it does not, the Supreme Court will become permanently politicized and polarized.
In 2013, the Senate Democrats, then in the majority, dragged the Senate out onto a slippery slope. Using a controversial procedural ploy, labeled the "nuclear option," they reinterpreted the Senate's rules to restrict filibusters on presidential nominations except for the Supreme Court.
That action has already come back to bite the Democrats. Many Democrats oppose...
Democrats may be on the verge of reaping the bitter harvest of the seeds sowed in November 2013.
The then-majority Democrats used a controversial parliamentary gimmick to unilaterally reinterpret existing Senate rules. By use of the so-called "nuclear option," they established the principle that a simple majority in the Senate can overrun any rule at any time.