True, the filibuster is only disabled for presidential appointments and judgeships below the SCOTUS level, meaning that it's still a weapon with which the Senate GOP can (and will) obstruct legislation, but it's certainly something.
Pretty much right: Charlie Pierce.
And, it must be said, the fact that it was necessary for the Senate to take this step further belies as naive the president's star-making speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention.
Not quite so right: Robert Reich.
Turns out Harry Reid knows the only way to deal with bullies is to fight back.
Actually, the record shows that Harry Reid knows more than one way to deal with bullies, one of which is to give them your lunch money for several years before fighting back.
Still, better late than never.
Let's see what happens next.
And congratulations to Oregon's senators, especially Jeff Merkley, who's been fighting for this change, and getting the football pulled away by Reid, for some time now.