Friday, August 13, 2010

Chris Dodd on the Filibuster

E.J. Dionne quotes Chris Dodd in his defense of the filibuster:
As for the filibuster, his solution is simple: "When you filibuster, you filibuster." Make the Senate stay in session, require senators to keep talking, and thereby raise the price of obstruction.
I would hope that Dodd understands that the current rules were implemented in part to eliminate the talking filibuster, and of the historical reasons why the talking filibuster was viewed as counterproductive to Senate business. But then, why would he make the argument - is he seriously proposing "fixing" the filibuster by returning to an approach that, at the time the current rule was created, both parties concluded was worse?

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