Republicans regain control of the Senate and already the self-serving, revisionist history has begun. In a joint op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal, GOP Senator Orrin Hatch and former White House counsel under President George H. W. Bush, C. Boyden Gray, call on Republicans to "not repeat the Democratic majority's excesses," and to instead "begin the hard work of repairing much institutional damage" supposedly wrought by Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Except, of course, when the so-called "excess" and "damage" might benefit a Republican majority.
Hatch and Gray argue that, whatever other changes may be required, Republicans should not restore the 60-vote threshold to confirm judicial nominees. Senate Democrats changed that rule a year ago after Republicans, in an effort to undermine the president's policies, abused the filibuster and blocked three consecutive nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Now only a simple majority is required to end debate on most executive and judicial nominations. Hatch and Gray say this rule change has given President Obama an unfair advantage on judicial confirmations, and to deprive a future Republican president of that same advantage "would only invite further damage to the institution."