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  •  If this suit keeps the filibuster abomination (1+ / 0-)
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    in the spotlight, it will be well worth doing, win or lose. The stories on the suit don't explain what exactly the plaintiffs are asking for: abolishing the filibuster? Forcing certain changes? Going back to the drawing board? In any case, maybe the publicity will finally wake Americans up enough to demand a return to some semblance of democracy.

    The commentariat routinely treats the filibuster as if was born with the Constitution, when in fact it's a modern invention designed to facilitate the grandstanding and insider dealing that senators so love. I don't think they're afraid of what Reps will do if it's gone -- they feel that they'll lose one of the self-aggrandizing ploys that let them maintain their boys' club for the elite. Its labyrinthine byways, like the handshakes and symbols of "civic clubs" and gangbangers, makes them feel even more special.

    There is probably good reason for keeping a way to put the brakes on a runaway legislative train, but this extremist garbage is not the answer. At the very least, it can limit such interference to actual votes on the bill, and put the burden of sustaining filibuster on the minority, not the majority, and it can allow other business to proceed as normal in the meantime.

    Until then, the Dems don't have to wait for rules changes or lawsuits to shake things up. All they have to do is announce and enforce a new rule for their own caucus: you're of course free to vote your conscience on any bill, no matter how stupid or harmful. But fail to vote for cloture on one of our bills and all hell breaks loose on your head: your committee assignments, support from the dscc, defense against opposition attacks, everything will vanish like smoke in a windstorm for the remainder of your term.

    In America, a rising tide lifts all yachts and drowns the workers who built them.

    by DaveW on Thu May 17, 2012 at 05:54:25 PM PDT

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