Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

Some background on the filibuster


This idea of making the filibusterers actually do it the old way is a very bad one, in my opinion, and usually seems to have these three inexplicit goals, among others: (1) make the filibusterers experience physical discomfort, (2) make the filibusterers open to mockery, (3) spread magic fairy dust over the United States, so that a miracle occurs and everything is wonderful from then on.

Even to discuss (1) would be degrading. As for (2), the predominant mockery actually would go the other way – and with good cause. Goal (3) is more of the same from these people.

Requiring 60 for cloture seems to me a good idea, given that the Senate is loaded up with people like Pat Leahy, Kent Conrad, Olympia Snowe, etc., whose power is astoundingly great, considering the tiny populations they represent. Wasting time for the sake of mockery, on the other hand, is far better done by watching a Marx brothers movie.

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