>> Before he can make his mark on the court, Judge Neil Gorsuch and the fight he has ignited may leave the Senate irrevocably altered. As voting begins Thursday, Republicans say Gorsuch will be confirmed one way or another. The question is, will they have to change the senate to do so?
Reuters Supreme Court correspondent Lawrence Hurley.>> If the Democrats muster enough votes as expected to block a vote on Gorsuch. Then the Senate leadership led by Republicans can quickly change the rules in the Senate. To allow a straightforward up or down vote on moving the nomination of Neil Gorsuch forward.
So that they can then have a final vote on Friday where he would be expected to be confirmed. So if Mitch McConnell goes nuclear that's another sign of the Senate kind of procedures and bipartisan traditions kinda breaking down. Shows the Senate becoming a more partisan. Chamber just as most of Washington has become more partizan.
>> The nuclear option would change the number of votes needed to confirm a Supreme Court nominee from 60 to a simple majority. Giving the party in power more power.>> Specifically for Supreme Court nominees it means that in future it will be easier for whoever controls the Senate
>> And the White House to push forward with their nominees, without having to worry about getting the support from the other party. It's hard to know what effect would be so far, but it could lead to more extreme nominees. It could lead to a more diverse Supreme Court in some ways.
With people from different backgrounds, which Some legal experts think it would be a good thing for the court.>> And while killing the filibuster for the Supreme Court may give the GOP their Scalia replacement, McConnell's been reluctant to go fully nuclear vowing to keep the filibuster for legislation.
>> Legislation still needs 60 votes in the senate to move forward. And if that breaks down>> They now have a massive change on the ability with the majority party pass laws.>> We'll find out on Thursday.