I thoroughly disagree with the idea that Senate Republican’s should use the “Nuclear Option”. I disagreed with it when then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did it in 2013 after he became too fed up with Republican obstructionism against Obama appointees, primarily for appeals-courts nominees. Reid was narrow, and only applied this to those nominees, thus leaving untouched Supreme Court nominees.
Reid set a precedent, as a result he opened the door for future ‘precedents’ to be made. This issue goes beyond party lines, frankly. If McConnell utilizes the option to push through a Supreme Court nominee, it corrodes the Senate, and it further corrodes the Supreme Court from being a “political body.” The filibuster is tool that is meant to empower senators to be able to legislate and fight for their constituents. Going nuclear robs senators of that capacity.
Neil Gorsuch’s vote should be left to the whims of normal Senate rules, and his vote should not be tainted by partisan attempts to corrode democratic rule.