A couple of weeks ago it looked like Senate Democrats were "fired up and ready to go" on reforming the filibuster system. All of the returning Senate Dems signed a letter calling on Harry Reid to push for change, and that unanimous opinion looked like the foundation for real change. But then two things happened: First, reform of the process seemed to get bogged down in ... what else? ... process. But there also seemed to be a growing under-the-radar sense that maybe, with their political fortunes waning, this wasn't the time for Democrats or progressives to weaken the power of the minority.
But the minority would still be able to filibuster. What would be weakened is the ability of any single Senator to paralyze the entire system, and to use that power for negotiations that are little more than blackmail.
When they think of the filibuster, a lot of people picture Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. You remember - with his tie askew, his hair wild, and his eyes filled with the fire of righteousness, speaking up for "the little guy" to an uncaring body of cynical solons: "You think I'm licked. You all think I'm licked. Well I'm not licked. And I'm gonna stay right here and fight for this lost cause."
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