Historians will agree that the sheer number of Republican filibusters is unprecedented.
Filibusters were not established in the Constitution. They were created by the rules senators chose to govern the Senate. They can be changed by a vote of senators who believe, correctly, that the Senate has become a dysfunctional institution which now faces record lows of public confidence and record highs of public disapproval.
As the long list of pending presidential nominations is brought to the Senate floor by the majority leader, Senate Republicans would be wise to let the Senate proceed to work its will with up-or-down votes. If they do not, the rendezvous with destiny will arrive, and the time to change the Senate rules to end this unprecedented and unpopular obstruction will be at hand.