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  •  Well... it's a gain and a loss (0+ / 0-)

    As much as the filibuster has blocked good legislation and turned the federal courts and executive branch into skeleton crews waiting for appointments, the filibuster has been helpful for the Democrats.

    I certainly wouldn't have enjoyed a Supreme Court that seated some of Bush's nominees-- my mind boggles at the concept of judges worse than Roberts and Alito. ANWR was also protected by a Democratic filibuster in 2005.

    The Democrats don't pull a filibuster unless it's absolutely the last possible chance on something pretty crucial. That they still have used it means that it does have a use. It's worth the loss of a potential tool to make the Senate into a democratic body again.

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