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    suggests otherwise. Republicans can always come up with justifications for why legislation "needs more time" and is being "rammed through congress" and needs "adjustments" which they have no intention of passing, and the result is that the legislation becomes less popular and the majority party gets the blame for dysfunction in a chamber they nominally control. Republicans can always find some ginned up controversy which they can use to argue against a judge indefinitely, and as a result the judge becomes "controversial" and "partisan". I just don't see how the talking filibuster solves this problem. If we had a media that accurately and thoroughly reported on the minutia of happenings on the senate floor and an American audience captivated by senate procedure and willing to vote against those who abuse it, we would not need to discuss filibuster reform. But there is nothing in the reform proposal stopping 45 senators from rotating unopposed speeches against everything the majority wants to do. Such reform is not sufficient to make the filibuster politically or physically difficult. We need more.

    But this is really beside the point, which is that the name-calling against Bernstein is inappropriate given his consistent dedication to liberal principles and reality-based analysis by political outsiders.

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