A day too late, a court ruling on recess appointments illustrates why real reform is needed.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should have waited one more day before capitulating to Republicans and the Senate old guard on filibuster reform on Thursday. An appeals court decision Friday made painfully clear why the token changes he accepted fall short.
Several newer senators had pressed for significant filibuster reform. They sought to add transparency to the process and require filibustering senators to take to the floor and actually speak, à la “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”