Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has force fed President Obama's agenda with an iron fist, preferring a politically edged dictatorship over facilitation for consensus.
Last week, Reid topped even himself, engineering a 52-48 vote that allows filibusters to be stopped with a straight majority vote. The measure means discussion of key issues may be ended at any time the majority party wants to end them, paves the way for easy approval of presidential appointees and could impact major legislation eventually.
While Reid and the majority party have the right to such tactics, any objective observer can see the dangers involved. In fact, President Obama, as a freshmen Illinois Senator, argued against "the nuclear option," along with Reid and then Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, several years ago.
The founders of this nation did not intend for the Senate to mirror the House of Representatives, where straight majority votes rule.
And we doubt those who voted for this measure will like it much should a different party be in the majority. Imagine a day 15 months from now if Republicans control the Senate and they decide they would like to abolish the Affordable Care Act.
The Senate, which has dubbed itself "the greatest deliberative body in the world," is hardly that anymore following passage of this dangerous measure.