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July 16, 2013


Did the Filibuster Get Reformed Today?

Jonathan Chait: "Republicans threatened to change the Senate's rules in 2005 to stop Democrats from filibustering their judges, and it succeeded -- Democrats agreed to let pretty much any judges through with a majority vote. Once again the majority party forced the minority into a total capitulation. There is a lesson here, and it's not that the Senate is a wonderfully congenial place whose rules must not be touched."

Markos Moulitsas: "True, today's deal preserved the existing filibuster rule, but it really didn't. Democrats established that they could bust through any filibuster with a simple majority anytime they wanted. Sure, it's still a process to do so, full of blustery threats and hyperbolic doomsaying, but it's a process."

Wonk Wire: The threat of the nuclear option is the nuclear option.














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