In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.
Mark Udall (D-CO) is pushing for ‘filibuster reform’ that significantly weaken the most effective tool the minority party has in the Senate. If implemented, this measure will enable the majority party in the Senate to ram through even more legislation.
Via The Foundry:
Rule 22 is the most powerful tool for the minority party to leverage participation in the legislative process. If Udall’s idea becomes part of the Senate’s rules, the Senate would become a smaller version of the House, where Members of the minority party have little right to do anything other than vote. Chipping away at the filibuster rule would chip away at the Senate tradition of unlimited debate and an open amendment process.
Many on the left blame the filibuster for every failure of the Obama Administration. Can’t pass tax cuts? Blame the filibuster rule. No public option in Obamacare? Blame Senators who pledged to filibuster. Want bigger government with little brakes to slow that growth? Eliminate or curtail the filibuster. President Obama and the party in power are facing devastating defeat this fall on Election Day not because of the filibuster in the Senate but because of failed leadership. The filibuster has become the straw man crutch of the left.
In reality, the filibuster protected the rights of Democrats in 2005 when they wanted to slow the confirmation of President Bush’s judicial nominees, and it proved valuable for Republicans to force extended debate on Obamacare. The filibuster grants power to the minority party and has protected the American people from overreach from Washington.
This has “bad idea” written all over it.