The New York Times runs an editorial declaring “Time to Retire the Filibuster”:
One unpleasant and unforeseen consequence has been to make the filibuster easy to invoke and painless to pursue. Once a rarely used tactic reserved for issues on which senators held passionate convictions, the filibuster has become the tool of the sore loser, dooming any measure that cannot command the 60 required votes.On a completely unrelated note: “Vast majority says news reporting is biased.”
Extra from Poliblog: “…the current situation marks the first attempt at an en masse blocking of Appeals Court nominees in the history of the Republic via the use of the filibuster. There is no disputing that fact by anyone who will address the facts with dispassionate honesty. As such, the party that is changing the de facto rules of the game are the Democrats, not the Republicans.” Scroll around the site since Dr. T. has many good posts on the filibuster and the disingenuous “checks and balances” argument.