Rather than write about the exquisite experience of hours of free sushi at nobu (and yes it was exquisite) or the extreme exhaustion I feel after criss crossing the country in one day while in the middle of a hectic film festival (did I say I extreme? I meant mind numbing), i am going to throw my two cents in about the republican dubbed "nuclear option" (if only strom thurmond had won in '48).
If you ask me the republicans have got it all backwards. The filibuster ought to go, but not the filibuster of judicial nominees. Throughout its history it has been used as a tool by conservatives, reactionaries and other regressive beliefs to impede change (most notably in the case of civil rights). A means for tyranny of the minority. Luckily, that favorite saying of mine "change or die" tends to kick in and, well, most people are reluctant to die, so they change. Without the filibuster we would have probably had real civil rights laws in