Why is this issue important? Well, as the Washington Examiner editorial tells it,
For more than two centuries, the U.S. Senate has been known as the world's greatest deliberative body because of its rule ensuring the right of every senator to force consideration of, and a recorded vote on, any issue. The rule made the Senate unique as the world's only legislative entity in which the rights of majorities and minorities were equally protected. But 221 years of tradition and majestic debate mean nothing to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who, for no better reason than avoiding an embarrassing vote, used procedural legerdemain to obliterate minority rights in the upper chamber.In 2012, the Democratic Party will have to defend 23 seats in the US Senate that are up for reelection, versus 10 for the GOP. 13 of those seats could very easily be won by the GOP as the current incumbents are facing stiff challenges or are unpopular in thier states. By attempting to save senators who are at risk from a vote that would hinder their relection chances, he is guaranteeing that the "nuclear option" will be used by the GOP once they almost certainly regain control of the US Senate in 2013.
The mere threat of the use of this "option" in 2005, during the Bush administration sent Democratic Senators and their MSM enablers into screaming fits...but it was done in relative silence last week. The GOP declined to use it because they understood that "what goes around, comes around," and doing so would irrevocably damage the legislative system of the Senate. But, after the shenanigans during the passage of ObamaCare, where in both the House and Senate, the Democratic majority trampled on the democratic process, hiding behind closed doors to lock out the GOP, Reid has shown he doesn't care about minority party rights, just about his party's agenda.
This will come back to haunt in 17 months when it bites him on the ass...