1) The President has nominated three highly-qualified justices.
2) They've spread the word that the Republicans in the Senate have delayed confirmation of Obama's judicial nominees WAY more than was the case with such nominations in the past.
3) They've let it be known that filibuster reform --the nuclear option-- is being contemplated if the Republicans continue their unprecedented obstruction on these judicial appointments.
We'll see how this plays out. But how should we hope it plays out?
I'm wondering: Is getting the judges onto the bench worth more than getting the filibuster rules reformed?
If we're going to modify the filibuster rules, however, I'd say it might as well be done right, and deal with the whole range of measures, as many Democratic Senators were ready to do last January. Even if a new Senate in 2015 revisits the rules, it would be good for inertia to favor rules that are not so easily abused as the Republicans have demonstrated the present ones can be.
Either way, the Democrats are fighting back, and should win some territory-- either on the bench or in the rules of the Senate. That --the Democrats' fighting back-- in itself is a change I can believe in.