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The Gorsuch wreck begins

The Gorsuch wreck begins

The word "nuclear" doesn't quite do justice to what appears to lie ahead for Judge Neil M. Gorsuch's nomination to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. It isn't suddenly blowing up — as would happen with the dropping of a bomb, nuclear or otherwise — so much as it's been a long, drawn-out train wreck that is destined to forever harm everything and everyone associated with it.

By now, most Americans have a pretty strong sense of what lies ahead. The Senate Judiciary Committee's Monday afternoon party-line approval of the nominee to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia nearly 14 months ago means it's now up to the full Senate to decide his fate....