For the moment, anyway.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday starkly warned Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) not to eliminate the filibuster on presidential nominations, threatening to end the 60-vote threshold for everything, including bills, if he becomes the majority leader.

“There not a doubt in my mind that if the majority breaks the rules of the Senate to change the rules of the Senate with regard to nominations, the next majority will do it for everything,” McConnell said on the floor.

There are two problems here.

One-the Senate has to be taken back and that actually is a possibility next year but the GOP will have to get out of “OMG 2012!!!!!!!!” hand-wringing mode and start focusing on that soon.

Two-like his Republican counterpart in the other chamber, McConnell has a history of talking a bigger game than he plays.

Baby steps…