Barack Obama’s Ugly Filibuster Hypocrisy

Former President Barack Obama speaks in Atlanta, Ga., July 30, 2020. (Alyssa Pointer/Reuters)
In his own words, changing the rules and ending debate leads to more fighting, bitterness, and gridlock.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n April of 2005, Senator Barack Obama took to the floor of the United States Senate and passionately spoke out against Republican efforts to end the filibuster. Then a rising star in the Democratic Party, Obama noted that despite the pressure partisans might feel, it was imperative to “rise above an ‘ends justify the means’ mentality because we’re here to answer to the people — all of the people — not just the ones wearing our party label.”

This week, Obama made precisely the opposite argument during John Lewis’s funeral, contending that eliminating a vital check on partisan power was justified

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