Thursday, May 26, 2005

Quick thought on filibusters

A good take on the recent wrangling at Prof Bainbridge:

The filibuster is a profoundly conservative tool. It slows change by allowing a resolute minority to delay - to stand athwart history shouting stop. It ensures that change is driven not "merely by temporary advantage or popularity" but by a substantial majority. Is it any wonder that it has usually been liberals who want to change or abolish the filibuster rule?

Thanks to The Moderate Republican for the heads-up.


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