Senate Republicans tee up 'nuclear' showdown on Gorsuch

Senate Republicans teed up a "nuclear" showdown Thursday as they prepared for a major clash with Democrats over Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination – a confrontation likely to end with the majority party changing the way the Senate operates in order to install Gorsuch on the court.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, kicking off what is expected to be a dramatic session, blasted Democrats and accused them of driving the upper chamber to this point.

Senate observers could be in for a case of whiplash as they follow the proceedings on Thursday, but at the heart of the maneuvers is a bid to overhaul Senate procedure to get Gorsuch confirmed.

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