The Senate this morning voted to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to fill the seat left open by Justice Scalia's death 14 months ago. All the Republicans and three Democrats (Manchin, Heitkamp and Donnelly) voted for confirmation, with one Republican absent due to illness.
Democrats sharply criticized their Republican colleagues for refusing to seat Judge Merrick Garland, a man well qualified by traditional criteria but who would have swung to the left what had been, for the most part, an ideologically balanced Court. Yet those same Democrats voted to refuse to seat Neil Gorsuch, whose qualifications were at least as good as Garland's, and who is likely to restore the balance that had been there for years with Justice Scalia. They will then complain about how it was only Gorsuch's backers who were political hacks.