The Filibuster: Discuss
Despite being a blogger who blogs about politics, I actually know more about Sumerian grammar than I do about American political history, and I readily admit that. So this comment by reader Joe really intrigued me:
By the way, I think the filibuster issue is one of Corrente's major blind spots. I don't think the degree to which filibuster abuse has completely altered our system of governance can be overemphasized.
Do you agree, Corrente? If so, why? If not, why not? Is the 'debate' about 'what (Democrats) [or] (Republicans) can/should/would do with the filibuster' important, or distraction?
Yes, you know I think it's all mostly Kabuki and out of our hands at this point. And you can probably guess that imho, 99% of Americans are not and will never be excited or interested in the arcana of Senate procedure. Still, sometimes behind the scenes changes can be revolutionary, and there's certainly a great deal of (if somewhat behind the scenes) discussion about the filibuster among the 'creative class.'
What do you think about Joe's observation, and the filibuster in general? Should it be kept? Eliminated? Is it a major tool with which corporations and the evil have ruined democracy here? Is it an essential modern tool of democracy? Something else? This is the kind of conversation that almost only ever will happen at (the very few) blogs like Corrente, and nowhere else, so I implore you to contribute, even if it's only something like what I have to say, which is "I don't know."