Charles Krauthammer on the end of the filibuster:
This was a disgraceful violation of more than two centuries of precedent. If a bare majority can change the fundamental rules that govern an institution, then there are no rules. Senate rules today are whatever the majority decides they are that morning.A right-winger who uses the phrase "flash mob" is not thinking of a group of people suddenly gathered to perform Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" or reenact the restaurant scene from When Harry Met Sally. Right-wingers who talk about "flash mobs" are talking about scary dark-skinned urban youths with no conscience engaged in violence against decent, upright Americans. When Krauthammer looks at Harry Reid, that's what he sees.
What distinguishes an institution from a flash mob is that its rules endure.
I'm sure I don't have to tell you that, back in 2005, Krauthammer called the judicial filibuster "the bastard child of Democratic bitterness over recent lost elections" and said that a GOP vote to break it would have been "a profile in courage." And I'm sure I also don't have to tell you that Krauthammer's current fretting over "the rule of law" did not extend to the Bush administration's use of torture and cover-up of same -- back in '07, when we learned that torture tapes were destroyed in violation of the law, he thought that was fine: "I think it was a good faith in destroying the tapes -- yes, because it is not a pretty thing, and you don't want it on You Tube." Well, all right, then.