I'm going to break ranks here and say this isn't a good idea. If it wasn't a good idea when Republicans proposed it, it definitely isn't a good idea now that Democrats have put it to work.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
After filibuster change, expect only more partisanship | Kyle Wingfield | www.ajc.comDemocrats have carped about the number of President Obama's nominees for whom Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has had to invoke cloture, a vote on ending debate that requires 60 votes. This summer, when Democrats were promising they were mulling the "nuclear option" only for executive-branch nominees and not judges -- guess what, they changed their minds! -- they spoke breathlessly about "an increase of more than 1,000% in the rate of forced cloture votes on [executive-branch] nominations." Which sounds like something to chew on, until you consider a) they were talking about only 16 nominees (later updated to 27) out of almost 1,600, and b) 25 of the 27 were confirmed and took office.
Now, I'm posting this only because she had her thesis pulled from distribution so it didn't queer her chances and this contains some of the references:
Doug Ross @ Journal: Elena Kagan's Thesis in 90 Seconds: Radical. Socialist. Marxist. She Must Be Blocked From the Supreme Court At All Costs.