It looks like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's nuclear option has fizzled. Reid's attempt to reform filibuster rules in the Senate hasn't done much to end gridlock in presidential appointments.
As dozens of vacancies accumulate on the federal bench and in government agencies, there are some groups calling for even stronger reform of the rules underpinning Senate confirmation of nominees. Of course, additional changes made by Democrats may have two very unappealing aftershocks.
First, more partisan tweaks to the confirmation process could lead to even greater pushback by the GOP, which even under new restrictions could find ways to subvert nominations. Second, changes that make sense now may be disastrous later, if and when Senate Democrats become the minority in 2015.
All of this is of course begs the question: Why do we need the Senate to confirm so many positions in the first place?
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