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So I finally dragged out a spreadsheet and figured out exactly what the filibuster means, mathematically.

Take a minority of Senators, mostly representing low-population states in the south and the Corn Belt, and give them the power to stop everything. In this case, you can build a filibuster-safe minority with Senators representing under 30% of the population.

But wait, these Senators weren't elected unanimously, so let's assume they won by an average of 70-30, so now we're hanging around 20% of the US population.

Not done yet - turnout isn't anything like 100% ... so maybe they represent 15% of the US population.

Look, I understand that the Founders wanted the Senate to be deliberative and they wanted to protect the rights of the Minority, but to allow a 6th of the country to run roughshod over the rest of us, that's a different matter.

I say, end the filibuster entirely. It's time to allow the country to get on with the matter of governing.

(Of course, these days, these 41 Senators probably really represent about 1% ... their actual constituency. But sadly that could be said about the entire Senate.)

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  •  and RW radio dominates in those low pop states (2+ / 0-)
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    Tinfoil Hat, Mannie

    that is an extremely important factor in pushing those senators around, threatening them with primaries, swiftboating them, getting thousands of screaming dittohead teabaggers on the phones to their offices. as opposed to having the local blowhards give them a pat on the back.

    and it can be very well coordinated and timed. and local blowhards can work on a topic regularly for weeks to tie in with well timed prompting from national blowhards.

    for the left to have no organized opposition to the right's best weapon and still whine about dem reps lack of spine (while not getting their backs re RW radio) is still one on the biggest political blunders in history.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 06:16:19 AM PST

  •  You hit it. Sadly the whole Senate repreesents (1+ / 0-)
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    Mannie

    the 1%

    That is why you won't see any reform at all.

    Just talk and bluster.

  •  But... (1+ / 0-)
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    VClib

    ...the filibuster protects the minority.  Yes, the Republicans have terribly abused it once that cullud boy with the scary sounding name stole the Presidency.  But, some day the Democrats will again be in the minority in the Senate (these things do run in cycles), and the Democrats will need the filibuster to keep the Republicans from doing EVERYTHING for their sponsors.

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