via Ezra Klein:
...But it seems that Reid and Co. could gamble, with reasonable certainty, on killing the nuclear option. And serving Republicans with a defeat on that, right after Social Security and Schiavo, would really solidify perceptions -- and thus the media storyline -- of the right as disorganized and on a downward trajectory, while adding significantly to Democratic momentum. So while I recognize that there's more risk in pushing forward, it seems that the potential rewards are much greater. It codifies GOP overreach, it'll empower Republican moderates, and it'll solidify the power and unity of the Democratic caucus. And I think that's worth the risk.
If Reid and Co. give in, the Religious right will be further empowered to put their imprint on all of our lives and in turn shape more and more policy for the Republican party. For some reason my crystal ball keeps coming up with the word Salem, and the year 1692