David Frum

01.24.13

Filibuster Reform is Still Practically Dead

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Unless Sen. Harry Reid surprises us all, efforts to achieve substantive filibuster reform have failed for... at least for this year. Talking Points Memo reports the Senate is close to a piecemeal deal that will almost certainly fail to curtail filibuster abuse. If that's the case, we'll be talking about this again in 2014. There is a chance Reid scraps the deal and uses the nuclear option to impose stronger reforms, but that's highly doubtful.

I'm finishing up Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann's It's Even Worse Than It Looks later today. Assuming a finalized deal has not already been announced, I'll have more thoughts on why this deal solves nothing. And if a deal is done, I'll write it anyway. The need for filibuster reform isn't going anywhere.