You used to have to earn it. Stand for hours arguing your point. Maybe in heels! Resort to reading recipes aloud when you’d run out of things to say. Force everyone else to sleep in cots outside the Senate chambers. The filibuster that Republicans used in June to kill the For the People Act – the Democrats’ voting rights bill that would have rolled back voter-suppression measures recently passed in many states – wasn’t nearly that dramatic. There was no grinding it out, no feats of stamina. Instead, Republicans simply had to say they were going to filibuster, and the bill was dead. “People are going downtown, sitting in the spa somewhere and phoning in the filibuster to keep us from voting!” an outraged Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., said recently on MSNBC. We are in the era of the no-effort filibuster. The slacktivist filibuster. The participation-trophy filibuster. Now Democrats are talking of ending the filibuster – their only hope to get this and much of President Joe Biden’s agenda passed. The filibuster once was an outlaw move in the guise of a parliamentary procedure. The term comes from Dutch and Spanish words for “pirate,” and minority senators who employed the… Read full this story
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