They might have the votes right now, but I would bet the proverbial, "Credits to Navy Beans," that they are going to fold in the end.
The Democratic Party seems to be constitutionally incapable of standing their ground these days, so I think that a significant portion of the caucus will eventually fold in the name of, "Keeping their powder dry."
Realistically, this would have the effect of preserving the filibuster on SCOTUS only for Republicans, because, of course, if the Dems ever attempt such a filibuster, then the 'Phants will threaten the nuclear option, and if the Democrats filibuster anyway, they will pull the trigger:
Senate Democrats have clinched enough support to block Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court, setting up a "nuclear" showdown over Senate rules later this week.Needless to say, defeating Heitkamp, Donnelly, Manchin, and Bennet in their next elections should be a priority for Democratic activists.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) announced on Monday that he will oppose President Trump's pick on a procedural vote where he will need the support of eight Democrats to cross a 60-vote threshold to end debate on Gorsuch. Coons is the 41st Democrat to back the filibuster.
“Throughout this process, I have kept an open mind. … I have decided that I will not support Judge Grouch's nomination in the Judiciary Committee meeting today," Coons said.
"I am not ready to end debate on this issue. So I will be voting against cloture," Coons said, absent a deal to avoid the nuclear option.Unless one of the 41 Democrats changes their vote, the filibuster of Gorsuch will be sustained in a vote later this week.
Gorsuch's path to overcoming a filibuster closed on Monday after Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Patrick Leahy (Vt.) and Mark Warner (Va.) each announced they would oppose Gorsuch's nomination.
Only four Democratic senators have said they will support President Trump's pick on the initial vote to end debate: Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Michael Bennet (Colo.).
There is a difference between a conservative Democrat and a disloyal one, and this particular, "Gang of 4," are disloyal Democrats.