ANALYSIS: Senate's 'nuclear option' may have lasting consequences

Move would be another step in the continuing deterioration of bipartisanship.

Why is it happening?

What are the risks?

These possibilities worry lawmakers who see the nuclear option as a no-turning-back scenario, and it should worry the public as well.

He's far from alone. If there's no reason for the two parties to work together and at least try to offer nominees who are acceptable to lawmakers in both parties, there's likely no reason for them to work together on any policy, legislation or issue.

Using the filibuster and the nuclear option has support from the bases of the two parties, but it's a slippery slope Congress may not recover from.

And it's clear Americans want both sides to work together, so Congress should heed this desire and try its hand at bipartisanship.