The reason the Republicans invoked the so-called “nuclear option,” was to kill the Senate Democrat's filibuster, in which a 60-vote threshold is used to advance Supreme Court nomination. Being that there are only 52 Republicans they needed the rules of the game changed so they could bypass Democrats with 51 votes and fill the stolen Supreme Court Seat with their man.
The reason for the Democrats filibuster was that President Barack Obama had put forward a nominee, Merrick Garland, to fill that seat in March 2016. That is when Republicans took the unprecedented step of refusing to give him a hearing let alone a vote for the entire year, arguing that the next president should get to fill the court vacancy.
Democrats’ anger over Garland’s mistreatment was understandable as they watched Republicans make the case for why Trump's nominee Gorsuch deserved a vote by using the exact same arguments Democrats made all last year for why Garland deserved a vote.
During a Judiciary Committee hearing last month Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said...
“Judge Neil Gorsuch has spent more than a decade on the federal bench. He graduated from Harvard Law School, clerked for the Supreme Court, served in the Department of Justice and has received a unanimous ‘well qualified’ rating from the American Bar Association. If all of those things were sufficient reason to confirm a nominee to the Supreme Court, Chief Judge Merrick Garland would be sitting on the court today.”
Now that the "nuclear option" is the law of the land it will mean that majority parties will no longer have to concern themselves, at all, with the opinions or votes of minority party members for any presidential appointments.
Hope it doesn't come back to haunt you guys.
Gorsuch will report to work on the Supreme Court today.