We Will Miss the Filibuster

(James Lawler Duggan/Reuters)
The filibuster is useful, because it is useful in a democracy to be able to say “No” to the people and to their duly elected representatives.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he Democrats are feeling cocky about their chances in November, not only of seeing off Donald J. Trump to whatever awaits him after the presidency but also of entering 2021 with control of both houses of Congress. That means there is a renewed effort at hand to get rid of the filibuster.

The most important legislative reality for Democrats is that majorities do not last forever, but entitlements do. That’s the lesson of the grievously misnamed Affordable Care Act: If you are willing to take a kamikaze run at the issue, you can dig in deep enough in two years that …

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