Four things Obama is thankful for

The Senate Majority Leader injected POTUS with a significant boost last week when he went nuclear, gutting the minority party’s filibuster powers with one controversial step.

With that single move, Reid has helped Obama protect his agenda, as the president will have a better chance at filling judicial and administrative posts with allies. It could end up being the most significant development of Obama’s second term.

White House allies say Reid is the main reason Obama has had any kind of success in Congress.

The best part of Obama’s year came during the government shutdown, when Republicans imploded in the face of a united Senate Democratic conference held together by a resolved Reid.