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View Diary: The Filibuster is Not a Check or Balance (47 comments)

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  •  I defer to David Waldman (2+ / 0-)
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    walkshills, ladybug53

    On all matters of procedure - guy is obviously a whiz at it.  To respond to Roger Fox upthread, I was responding to a more narrow topic than the history of the filibuster generally, and looking specifically at what role the Senate plays in our government.  Even more specifically, I was looking at the notion of the filibuster as part of the checks and balances of our government.  If cloture was reduced to one line, it's because the filibuster, cloture, and motions to proceed are apart from and merely trivial footnotes to our Constitution's design.

    I am willing to believe that the Senate rules are very complex.  I also know that the Senate gets the chance to write its own rules, and nothing stops them from making them simpler (other than themselves).  

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