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Old 09-09-2019, 07:38 PM
Hari Seldon is offline
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As far as I am aware, the "filibuster" rule is only that there is no limit on speechifying, but has somehow morphed to the point that all you have to do is announce that you are filibustering, not actually do it. So let them talk forever if that's what they want to do. They will do it less often.

What has really happened in my view is that the parties have now hardened their positions to the point that practically everything is a straight party line vote or nearly so. This never happened when I was growing up 70 years ago. I think the Newt and then the Tea party has brought this about. Even though Obamacare was essentially a Republican proposal to avoid universal medicare and Obama clearly thought it would get bipartisan approval, not one single Republican congressman or senator voted for it. This unanimity would have been unheard of in 1950.