Defending the filibuster, and being consistent about it

My colleague John Samples argues for the venerable instrument of Senate obstruction [Philadelphia Inquirer] And some sort of prize should go to Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) who chided “one of the major newspapers in our country” — he probably meant the New York Times — for siding with anti-filibuster Democratic ultras this time around, though it had taken exactly the opposite position when Republicans controlled the Senate. “We’ve got to be consistent.” [Dave Weigel]


  • I hear Republicans and Democrats flip-flopping on “term limits”, too, depending on who’s in power.

  • I have no issues with filibusters by either party as long as they go back to the old practice of actually having to hold the Senate floor. They should get rid of the virtual filibusters.