Update on the Democrats’ apparently failed push to eliminate the Senate filibuster: With two moderate Democrats, Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, saying they absolutely won’t support it, the fear that a radical left agenda will be forced onto America with 51 votes seems dead. But just to be clear, Republican leader Mitch McConnell warned Democrat leaders that if they ever do pass that “nuclear option,” he would unleash a “scorched earth, post-nuclear nightmare” on them.
He reminded them it takes 51 votes to produce a quorum, and the Vice President doesn’t count. The 50 Republicans would release immediate chaos, locking down the Senate so that nothing moves, and the Democrats wouldn’t be able to scrape up 51 votes to end it. He said things would happen either "in the hardest possible way or not at all," and Democrats could just block out the next two years on their calendars, because they would be there all the time.
He reminded Sen. Chuck Schumer that acting as the majority when you don’t actually have a majority requires “collegiality and consent.”
Or to sum it up succinctly: Play nice or else.