Can the Senate Be Saved?
The most important action the Senate takes in January may not involve any legislation at all. Early next year, when the latest group of senators convene for the first time, the “world’s greatest deliberative body” may finally do something worthy of its nickname: reform the filibuster.
The filibuster long ago shed its association with the principled stand of dedicated outsiders; Mr. Smith left Washington decades ago. Rather, the opposition parties of the past couple of decades—and especially the Republicans in the Obama era—have transformed the filibuster from a weapon deployed in extraordinary circumstances into a routine part of Senate business
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