The Senate’s filibuster device took a big hit the other day with the confirmation of Justice Neal Gorsuch. Professor Alain Sanders believes that the filibuster is going the way of the buggy whip, the incandescent light bulb and so many other dated concepts. Its history is fascinating. It’s not constitutional and it’s become an anachronism. It’s making the country harder to govern and less responsive to modern world conditions. It also allows Senators to take unrealistic positions that they know won’t pass into law, thereby making them less accountable and responsive to the electorate. Perhaps as Prof. Sanders says, it will simply fade away once the decision has been made to declaw it.
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