Senior Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said Judge Neil Gorsuch "is going to be on the Supreme Court by midnight Friday night."
In a Fox News interview Monday night, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said he harbors the same concerns about changing the rules — the nuclear option — over Gorsuch's confirmation, but that it's a matter of chickens coming home to roost for Democrats.
"Let me assure you: Judge Gorsuch is going to be on the Supreme Court by midnight Friday night," Grassley told Fox. "One way or the other, he's going to get the necessary votes to get there.
"I do share those concerns (of changing the rules in Senate), but don't forget for 211 years, there weren't filibusters of judges," the Iowa Republican said.
Democrats in the Senate have enough bodies to filibuster Gorsuch, the continuation of a protest that started last year over Judge Merrick Garland who Republicans blocked from having a hearing.
But Grassley issued a reminder that the politicization of judges started long before last year; the same Democrat who's leading the opposition against Gorsuch got a taste for it during George W. Bush's administration.
"Sen. Schumer gave that famous speech, it poisoned the well and judges have become very political since then," Grassley said. "I hope we get over that. … If this person wasn't qualified, then I think they could talk politics but politics isn't going to work for this one."
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