If the “debate” about the D.C. Circuit’s size doesn’t end that way, Democrats might end it in another. Some of them would like to unblock the road for the president’s nominees by forcing rules changes that would limit the filibuster. Following the rejection of the two women and Mr. Wilkins, who is African American, even some fairly even-keeled senators might be inclined to agree. That’s a perilous path for the chamber that both sides probably would regret taking.
Instead, adults in the GOP should finally get together with Democrats and hammer out an understanding — the way previous judicial nomination crises have been resolved.