“I think a 6-3 court is worth the White House and Senate,” one communications director for a Republican member of the Senate told Yahoo News. “The pro-life community has been waiting on this forever. There has to be a vote.”…

It could be that no Democratic threat or maneuver is as effective as the plain calculus of reelection. “Watch the R’s,” counseled a staffer to a Democrat who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“I don’t think it’s a done deal at all,” says Nan Aron of Alliance for Justice, a progressive group that has consistently opposed Trump’s judicial nominees. “Republicans have to realize they’ll pay a price at the polls this November if they go ahead with this.”