So the nuclear option (eliminating the filibuster for Supreme Court appointments) has been exercised and Judge Gorsuch is now Justice Gorsuch. Most commentators now worry that the filibuster will be entirely abolished. And the betting is that ultimately it will be. See here.
I believe that the abolition of the filibuster would be a small step in the right direction. The structure of our government is already designed to make it difficult for the will of the majority to be enacted. The wealthy, not the people, dominate the Congress, and that was true before Citizens United. See here. Nor is this an accident. Alexander Hamilton argued in The Federalist Papers, No. 73 that making change difficult restrained the “excess of lawmaking” and “kept things in the same state in which they happen to be at any given period.” He argued that “the injury which possibly may be done by defeating a few good laws will be amply compensated by preventing a number of bad ones.” Underlying this sentiment is a fear of popular democratic movements which, if not, checked could sweep in a number of “bad laws.”
Gerrymandering and the composition of the Senate (giving two small states the same amount of votes as New York and California) already make Congress a body well calculated to withstand the will of the majority in too many circumstances. This, of course, works to the advantage of the Republicans, given that they are generally opposed to governmental action.
The filibuster is just one more tool in the anti-majoritarian tool box. I will not shed a tear when it finally meets its demise.