...or has it? I don't know. Even in this compromise there's a weakening of the traditions of congress. There's nothing I would have liked more than to see a vote to change the rules of congress go down in flames. But what are the chances that would have happened? I don't really know.
This was not a schoolyard battle, this wasn't children whining at each other. This is how politics works...
We won't know for years what effect this will have on the Senate. I guess we'll probably see some of what happens when it comes time for the next Supreme Court Justice to be appointed, though... The filibuster will still be around then. Does this agreement affect anything when that comes around, or does a new compromise need to come about then? It's unclear from what I've read.
Bill Frist is damn annoying to listen to, though. Fair up-or-down votes blah blah yadda yadda. It's important that 40 people can say no to a nominee on occasion, for particularly offensive ones. That's all it is, an ability that can be dusted off and used when needed.
Eh, whatever. It's all been said, and better than I can say it.