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What Drives the Filibuster Debate

A strange thing about many partisans is that their stances on some issues are determined entirely by which party controls Congress. Take the filibuster fight happening right now in the Senate. Republicans, the minority party, want a strong filibuster so they can block Democratic legislation and appointees. Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, is pondering weakening or even abolishing the filibuster.

Barton Hinkle points out that back in 2005, the tables were turned 180 degrees. Senator Reid was very vocal in his support for a strong filibuster, so that his party could block the then-majority GOP’s bills and President Bush’s nominees. And the GOP was just as vocal about wanting to get rid of it.

Read the whole article here. Practically everyone named comes across as hack-tastic.