60 hurdles

“Now, Mr. McConnell likely will be forced to choose between preserving a Senate tradition and maintaining his allegiance to a Republican base that will pressure him to change the rules in order to put Mr. Trump’s nominee on the court.

With only 52 Republican votes, Mr. McConnell can’t meet the 60-vote hurdle without support from the opposing party. But Democrats are in no mood to cooperate with Mr. Trump and are still irate that Republicans erected a blockade last year against then-President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick.

Unless a number of Democrats find Mr. Trump’s nominee acceptable, Mr. McConnell will face pressure to scrap the current voting procedures and invoke new rules that would allow confirmation of Supreme Court nominees on a simple majority vote.

The most influential voice of all has weighed in: that of Mr. Trump, who has said he would want Mr. McConnell to change the Senate’s procedures if necessary to confirm the Supreme Court pick.”