Two months ago, this wouldn't be an option. But now? With Bush's administration in virtual melt-down and the Republicans exploring the nether reaches of approval ratings? In today's world, Kos has an interesting notion: Call the Republicans' bluff on the "nuclear option," because they won't be in power for long:
So really, given the tenuous hold on power of the Republican Party, do Republicans really want to ditch the filibuster? Because it won't be long before Democrats retake the White House and congress. And it sure will be nice to need just 51 votes to pass legislation and confirm nice, solid, liberal judges.
I say test the GOP. If we don't use the filibuster out of fear they'll pull the nuclear option, then there is no practical filibuster in existence anyway. Force them to pull the trigger. Let's see just how confident they are in their "permanent majority" status.
Because the way things are going for Republicans, it won't be long before Democrats reap the benefits.
Interesting. But are the Democrats up to it? That's the real question.