With President Trump’s poll position having slumped in recent weeks, Democrats are upbeat. Many are talking openly and optimistically about the prospect of their party’s winning a majority in the Senate. Those hopes may yet be dashed. However, this heady environment has sparked a surge of liberal enthusiasm for ending the upper chamber’s legislative filibuster.
There are reasons for objective observers to throw cold water on these hopes. While Democrats certainly have a path to a Senate majority, much will doubtless change between now and November. Even if the Democrats manage to win a Senate majority, it proably will not be …
This article appears as “After the Filibuster” in the August 24, 2020, print edition of National Review.
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