History was just made in the Senate, but it happened so fast you might have missed it. After finally getting tired of Republican’s unprecedented filibustering of judicial nominees the Democrats used the nuclear option. They have officially gotten rid of filibuster for nominees and are now approving them with simply majority vote.
The entire thing only took about half an hour to execute. It was quick and easy. There is also no reason Democrats couldn’t have done this back in 2009.
If Democrats had, in 2010 they could’ve easily approved comprehensive immigration reform, passed a bigger stimulus, approved a second stimulus when it became clear how bad the economy was, adopted a better health care law with a public option, and probably adopted some climate change rules. All these things had majority support in the House and could have passed the Senate with only 50 votes.
This move today proves Democrats could have enacted their agenda in 2009-2010 but actively choose not to. They decided letting Senate Republican have the power to obstruct their every move was better for the country.