Now that the rules have been changed, a new President will reap the benefit:
Democrats feared then that watering down the supermajority requirement could later ease the confirmation of anti-abortion nominees. Now they are confronting that very prospect: After setting the precedent of changing Senate rules, there’s little reason to think Republicans wouldn’t do the same if their hand is forced.Last month, when Hillary was a shoo-in, Harry Reid suggested that Democrats would extend the filibuster rule to Supreme Court nominees. You opened the door, chief.
“I mean, [Democrats] set the standard,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the most senior Republican senator and a former Judiciary chairman. “They really screwed up the rules. Frankly, they did it for pure political purposes. The Republicans are not limited now.”