Jon Sprunk, on 30 April 2012 - 06:20 PM, said:
This. The "threat of filibuster" is fucking lame. Make them actually do it, on camera.
I'm not sure that's a solution. I can just see Rand Paul or Marco Rubio working with Fox Noise to have viewers submit talking points to be read on the Senate floor. the 24-7 media would LOVE that. Besides, the point of a filibuster is not just to stymie the majority but to waste Senate time. That body only has so much time per session to get things done, so anything that spends that time helps the minority.
, a great political scientist, likes the filibuster and thinks it should be retained, but with a modification. He thinks that, once per session, the majority party should be able to designate a bill Superbill (or something like that). Superbill could not be filibustered in any way, and that includes proferred amendments. That would enable the minority to retain some power while allowing the majority to enact the most important parts of its agenda. I'm not sure I agree, but it's an interesting idea, and clearly something
has to change.