As Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie notes:
Just eight years ago, Senate Democrats – including Barack Obama – were dead-set against the so-called nuclear option, which would have disallowed filibusters on judicial nominees. What a difference being in the majority makes!
It is worth noting that while the Republicans were making the case in 2005 for the legality of changing the rules, they refrained in the end. Now the question is: What will they do when they are back in power? Will they reverse the change or will they use it to their advantage? I am afraid they won’t reverse the change and may even extend it to other areas if it benefits them at the time. Politicians tend to be short-sighted.