"WASHINGTON — A top White House official threatened Tuesday to use a congressional rule to force some controversial proposals through the Senate by eliminating the Republicans' power to block legislation.
Peter Orszag, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, said the Obama administration would prefer not to use the budget "reconciliation" process that allows measures to pass the Senate on simple majority votes."
There is actually two advantages to this strategy. Not only does it stop the Republican threat of a filibuster it also makes some of those "Blue-Dog" Democrats irrelevant as well.
Sounds good to me.