The US Senate GOP has gone nuclear in their move to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court of the United States. While the nuclear move was first broached by the opportunistic Democrats of Harry Reid's Senate, the GOP has codified the use of the nuclear option in the most serious of pursuits.
We can all be guaranteed that the way the US Senate operates has been changed forever, and not for the better. Now simple majorities in the Senate will be able to swing votes on the most serious of issues created a legislative pendulum that will swing wildly with the slimmest of majorities in the chamber.
This is a prime example of why the passage of the 17th Amendment was a catastrophe for the nation. The Constitution pre-17th Amendment mandated that each State's legislature appointed that State's senators. They would have been elected by the people through the people's election of their State officials. This way senators could be recalled by their respective legislatures when they failed to vote in accordance with their State's best interests. A perfect example would have been Obamacare; it never - never - would have passed.
Additionally, the partisan political nature that currently exists in the Senate never would have reached such a divide. While politics would never have been completely expunged even before the passage of the 17th Amendment, the fear of recall would have kept the caustic nature of politics from evolving as it has.
We could have avoided the partisan politics that exists today - and the nuclear option which now threatens the actual workings of government - by never having passed the 17th Amendment. Additionally, the only way to escape the nuclear option on everything from abortion to tax reform (and passage) to repealing Obamacare to its reinstatement is to overturn the 17th Amendment so that politics can be neutered somewhat on the Senate.
Absent that act, our government just took a giant step toward devolving into a pure democracy, which is nothing more than a simple majority mob rule with no protections for the minority. Our Framers and Founders warned us that pure democracy was evil...evidently the "great thinkers" of today didn't listen to those warnings.