The Times had a great editorial advocating for common sense filibuster reform. The key paragraph is below:
That would squander a moment for change. Supermajorities were never intended to be a routine legislative barrier; they should be reserved for the most momentous bills, and the best way to make that happen is to require that objectors work hard for their filibuster, assembling a like-minded coalition and being forthright about their concerns rather than hiding in the shadows or holding up a bill with an e-mailed note.
It is time, as Lincoln argues in Speilbergs great film-to act ‘NOW!’. We have a small window to ensure the Senate can be an efficient body that cannot be held hostage by a small minority of its members. The Senate is supposed to be the more deliberative house that moderates and cools the haughty tempers of the House of Representatives. The filibuster enables this deliberation and should be linked to important measures and articulated by coalition building members who forcefully argue and debate their positions-not putting on silent holds or stating ‘filibuster’ and then having a cloture vote. This would end the gridlock and enable us to pass progressive legislation in the short term while preserving our right to speak forecfully against regressive justices, nominees, and policies in the future if we are in the minority. But it ends the abuse on all sides. Time to proceeed Mr. Reid!