Former Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., will lie in state in the Capitol next week. Unlike his predecessor Robert Dole, R-Kan., another Senate majority leader who recently passed away, no one is looking back on Reid’s tenure as a bygone era of comity. As even his admirers acknowledge, Reid was an unapologetic, street-fighting partisan.

But that partisanship backfired. Reid’s biggest legacy was the elimination of the judicial filibuster in the Senate, which ultimately resulted in today’s 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court. Now Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is following in Reid’s footsteps — threatening to change the chamber’s rules, and weaken or even eliminate the filibuster by Jan. 17.

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