Who knew that the wisest people in the world’s greatest deliberative body, along with the president who once decorated the Senate with his grace, would succumb to the puerile instinct of instant gratification instead of deliberating in depth on minority rights (“Biden goes nuclear on the filibuster and Republicans, but his ploy runs into Democratic resistance,” Web, Jan. 11)?

The late Sen. Harry Reid, present Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s tutor when the latter was learning the ins and outs of snatching low-hanging legislative fruit (irrespective of preserving minority rights), broke the china that Republicans later used to promote conservative jurists to our highest court. Only Sens. Sinema and Manchin have the Democratic guts to stop the descent into more sandbox dysfunction.

PAUL BLOUSTEIN

Cincinnati

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