this is a HUGE tactical mistake for the Democrats.
First of all, they can kiss the filibuster goodbye. The will need it for the next SCOTUS nominee, and they won’t have it. This is madness. It is tilting at windmills. It is self-destructive. Quite likely this is what is being pushed by the very vocal but kooky Democrat fringe, and saner Democrats feel obliged to follow them off a cliff in order to keep their precious positions. Yeah, “Eat me last!”
Then again, it would happen next time, anyway. Republicans benefit from this happening with a highly competent and obviously qualified judge. If the ship is going to sink, it might as well sink on the high seas as a mile from shore! Right, Democrats? And maybe the next vacancy will be close enough to elections to wait. And maybe Democrats think they can win the Senate next time, even though the have far more vulnerable seats to defend.
But I still think it is a huge mistake. It may be that the SCOTUS nominee will be worse and it will be closer to the election. In that case the Democrats can incessantly beat that horse when they lose and thus rile up their base. That works. I think it would be better to be able to filibuster then, but whatever.
I think it would have been better to allow Goresuch and focus on the really important next nominee, but fine. Let’s finish this once and for all. This one doesn’t change the balance of power at all. The next one will. Stupid, stupid, stupid.