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View Diary: Upgrade the Senate with filibuster reform! (81 comments)

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  •  I don't thing we need to end the filibuster (0+ / 0-)

    But we should make it the way it used to be. Make them get up and read from phone books or whatever and look ridiculous for a few days, if it's really that important to them.  The old-style filibuster did serve a useful purpose in enabling the minority to block legislation or appointments it found truly objectionable, although the most prominent cause it was used in, blocking civil rights legislation, was odious in itself. Still, it was difficult enough to maintain that it wasn't used very often. Not like today's EZ-filibuster where you just cast a vote. I'd like to see them go back to the old way, or something very close to it.

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