February 29, 2012

SO THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN TO DEMOCRATS IS DEMOCRACY:

The Democrats' nightmare scenario (Greg Sargent, 2/29/12, Washington Post)

If Republicans regain the Senate, will they seek to reform the filibuster, sweeping away an obstacle that bedeviled Dems and making it far easier for them to enact their own agenda with a simple Senate majority?

Matt Steinglass argues that the GOP will get rid of the filibuster because unlike Democrats, they're not skittish about doing what it takes to realize their legislative will. But Kevin Drum makes a strong argument that Republicans won't take the risk because the GOP's demographic foundation is deteriorating, meaning it's only a matter of time until Dems retake the Senate.

I just checked in with Congressional scholar Norm Ornstein, and he argued that there is indeed a scenario under which Republicans would likely target the filibuster.
Posted by orrinj at February 29, 2012 3:39 PM
  
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