The proposal to kill the filibuster may well take effect in January, which raises a question: What's the Hurry?
Liberals are going to destroy the tradition of extended debate and a free amendment process in the Senate if they can pull off this procedural coup. They want to set a precedent that the Senate can toss aside the rules with a simple majority vote. Liberals will regret this power grab if Republicans take over the Senate and Presidency in 2013, yet they seem so intent on short term gain that they don’t care about the long term consequences for members of the minority party.
So what makes this a 'do-it-NOW' issue?
One reason is obvious:
They are ... setting the table to make it easier to sieze control of the Supreme Court if any of the conservative leaning members decide to retire.
Beyond that, of course, is the fact that the filibuster can prevent The Agenda--Totalitarianism, (or Statism)--from being enacted. Control of SCOTUS is important, as FDR knew. But so is control of House initiatives, especially those which will rein in such as Sibelius' ObamaCare regs, or Browner's EPA regs, or Incompetanto's TSA thuggery.
This is not a matter of 'efficiency.'
It is a rear-guard, but critical, means of taking or retaining control.
So, as we've counseled before: