NYT 2004: "[The filibuster] is all part of the Senate’s time-honored deliberative role and of its protection of minority rights, which Republican leaders would now desecrate in overreaching from their majority perch."
NYT 2013 (today): "a majority did the only logical thing and stripped away their power to block the president’s nominees... That means a return to the democratic process of giving nominees an up-or-down vote."
The claim that things are so much worse now is simply false. The bottom line is the confirmation rate and Obama has a much higher confirmation rate for Circuit
court nominees that other recent presidents.
Thanks to Maxim for these quotes.