Posted by: Jeff | February 24, 2010

The Filibuster Tradition

Not so traditional.  Ezra Klein explains:

Here’s a fun fact: The Senate filed 214 cloture votes (votes to break a filibuster) between 2007 and 2010. That’s more than it held between 1919 and 1976. And during that period, it was actually easier to filibuster, as you needed 67 votes to break the obstruction, not 60.

Meanwhile, you’ll note that 2010 is only a couple of months old. By the end of the year, we’ll be nearing 300 cloture votes, if we haven’t passed that milestone altogether. That brings the 2007-10 total to about what the Senate saw between 1919 and 1984. Say what you will about the Senate, but this is not traditional. The “cooling saucer” of democracy was never meant to be left in the freezer.



  1. You should blog for a living.

    • I can see email addresses you know. 🙂

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