MSNBC’s Chris Hayes cheered the move as “an affirmative win for democracy,” while his colleague Rachel Maddow gushed “This is a huge freaking deal. This is like 3-inch headlines. This is like people who don’t even care about politics really ought to care about this!”
On CNN, political analyst Paul Begala praised Reid's maneuver, explaining it was necessary because Republicans had “so abused” the filibuster that Democrats couldn't take it anymore.
Ron Brownstein, also on CNN hailed the decision as a forward-thinking move: “The idea of requiring a super majority for the president to appoint his nominees just is anachronistic...”