Magazine August 24, 2020, Issue

Democrats Might Regret Killing the Filibuster

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The nuclear option would change Congress for the worse

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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