Perhaps, a future implementation of the nuclear option would be advantageous when the GOP has control of the Senate and and the 17th is repealed.
The GOP, for whomever they claim to represent, will only have control when elections have meaning. Today, without any audit trail, Democrats, the government and its Union employees, have complete control of elections. As Stalin observed, only who counts the votes matters. Democrats, the SEIU, manages machines, which are intrinsically unverifiable, manages and counts (if they even bother) absentee ballots in almost all states. It is not easy for people who have not thought about securing data. But our elections have no audit trail and thus claims of vote counts are entirely without substance.
Our best chance at reforming our society may be to finish off the charade of a two party system and all become democrats. Our only hope is to reform “bottom up”. The counts will continue to be manufactured, but we may have influence over local candidates. If in a local county election there are 10 people at campaign events for the Sierra Club Marxist, and 1000 at campaign events for the conservative, but the Marxist is reported as having won 90% of the precinct, there will be local sentiment for reform. Otherwise, we will remain divided, because national audiences don't know or care what happens outside of their neighborhoods. We will remain what we are today, a one party socialist dictatorship.