Former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wanted to make sure everyone is absolutely clear about who changed the rule about no longer needing a supermajority to confirm a Supreme Court justice: it was REPUBLICANS. Furthermore, it was Republican obstructionism that led Reid to change the rule for lower court nominees (and Cabinet members) during President Obama's term to begin with. The GOP did everything in its power to prevent Obama from getting ANYTHING passed or ANYONE appointed, and that abolishing the supermajority rule was the only way to get past that.
Ayman Mohyeldin spoke with Mr. Reid, and asked if he regretted doing away with the supermajority rule, since the GOP had warned he would regret it, and Mitch McConnell used it to trigger the Nuclear Option of getting rid of it for Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch. Reid was unequivocal and unapologetic:
And, you know, I regret it? No. I'm glad we did it. It made Obama's presidency remarkable. As a result of our changing the rules, which by the way had been changed many times in the past, we were able to get over 100 judges approved, we were able to get his cabinet officers approved. The DC Circuit. We filled that, took care of the National Labor Relations Board. But just as importantly, we were able as a result of that change I made to get the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, approved. We were able to do the most significant reform of Wall Street in the history of the country with the Dodd/Frank legislation. We did the Lily Ledbetter legislation, which put women on more equal footing with men with their pay. We did lots of good things as a result of that rule change, and I'm glad we did it.
Remember, we had it set up so that the only way we could approve of a Supreme Court judge was with a supermajority, and the Republicans changed that. I didn't.
GOT THAT??? If the GOP wasn't so damn obstructionist, and racist, and determined to deny Pres. Obama the right to do his job and run the country, we would not be in this situation.
Then Mohyeldin asked Reid what he thought about Joe Biden's answers during the Town Hall, regarding court expansion. When pressed by moderator George Stephanopoulos about taking a clear position on it before election day, Biden said, "Yes. Depending on how they handle this."
Reid did not approve of this move.