Well, I listened to one of the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee on NPR this morning (the name escapes me - not sure which one it was), and he said that in U.S. Senate parlance, the term "fillibuster" doesn't necessarily mean what most people think of, with a Senator speaking for hours on end to hold things up. They use the term fillibuster for the 60-vote requirement, which would be a supermajority. So if Republicans object to the fillibuster, they are objecting to the 60 vote supermajority and want instead to go with a simple majority vote.
Sure, they may oppose the particular pick, as is their right.
That's not the same as doing anything to necessarily prevent him being voted in. Like I said, they will require the 60-vote minimum, but I don't see anything wrong with that. Although the Republicans probably will.
Not one Republican that I have heard from has gone on record as objecting to the 60 in and of itself. There were a couple that objected to the use of the filibuster. Not the same thing. So, no, "Republicans probably won't".
That was my understanding from what he said this morning.
That's not exactly true. No, it's not a Senator standing for three days without food, water or janitorial services, but it takes a lot of time, and currently "Supreme Court nominees" are exempt from the "majority" option. Therefore, a Supreme Court nominee needs 60% REGARDLESS of whether there is a filibuster or not, unless McConnell uses the "nuclear option" to change the laws of the Senate yet again. So it's really a reluctance to change the laws again, rather than an objection to the 60, even if the outcome is the same.
Point is, it's about political gamesmanship more than any specific issue with this nominee. What I especially find odious are the Democrats stepping on their dicks to distance themselves from Harry Reid, who did exactly what McConnell could do if he wanted, simply because Reid didn't get his way. Now all of a sudden it's "well, I didn't really agree with Harry Reid, and he shouldn't have done it, and he was high at the time, and it's Trump, and we need someone other than the Patriots to win the Super Bowl, and wow did Taylor Swift have work done or what?" It's exactly why people voted for Trump. To end this nonsense.