August 07, 2013


Why Democrats Can Live Without the Filibuster

Noam Scheiber says that Democrats, who have an enormous advantage in upcoming presidential elections, shouldn't have to worry about eliminating the filibuster in the U.S. Senate.

"The point is just that, if you're predicting who benefits from a filibuster-less world based on where we sit today, the odds favor Democrats because of the odds they'll generally control the presidency."

"More to the point, Democrats don't even have to do away with the filibuster to exploit this advantage. The very fact that eliminating the filibuster is likely to benefit Democrats should strengthen their hand in any confrontation with Republicans over nominees and legislation--like, say, Obama's three DC appeals court candidates. That's because, once Democrats recognize that killing the filibuster is in their interest, they should become much more willing to do it, knowing full well that they can live with the consequences."










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