Republicans will pick the next SCOTUS justice. And they can thank Harry Reid in large part for that. Reid’s move to invoke the “nuclear option” in 2013 paved the way for simple-majority confirmation votes in the Senate. Reid and the Democrats went against long-standing senate rules to eliminate the filibuster in 2013, Which lowered the confirmation threshold for cabinet secretaries and lower-court judges from 60 to 51 votes. Many Republicans at the time warned the Democrats that they could someday regret this. Sen. Mitch McConnell, 2013 And surely enough, McConnell was right. In response to filibuster threats against Neil Gorsuch’s SCOTUS nomination, McConnell and the Republicans returned Reid’s favor, And invoked the nuclear option on SCOTUS nominations. Now, only 51 votes will be required to confirm the next SCOTUS nominee.