Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke out in defense of the filibuster at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast yesterday. "I don't think any of that is a threat to the nation," McConnell said. "It helps you understand why the leaders do what they do in different situations because we're not dictators. We have to respond to our members. So that is why things tend to move like they do." [See which industries give the most to McConnell.]
The Hill newspaper reported last week that, based on its survey of senators, Reid may have a hard time even getting to 51 votes. Some Democrats worry that changing the filibuster rules next year could turn out to be a mistake should they become the minority in the future. Of course, the whole issue may become moot for the Democrats if things go very badly for them in November.