2. many people feel it's not a good idea to get rid of the filibuster rule because it is meant to
enable the minority to keep the majority from 'riding roughshod' over the minority. Unfortunately, the way the Repubs are using it, it enables the minority to ride rough-shod over the majority! Difficult one to call. If only the Republicans would not abuse it and turn it into a totalitarian tool of the minority, there would not be a problem (as in article it points out for years the filibuster was used rarely or with moderation).
OF course, with the filibuster rule in place, any bill can be filibustered including a move to change or eliminate the filibuster rule. Thus, a simple majority would not suffice if the minority doesn't want you to do it. You need a super majority to change it.