Originally Posted by Direckshun
I agree the filibuster is a positive influence on government.
Remember Wisconsin's union-busting law? They don't have filibusters in a lot of state legislatures, so the minority's last-ditch move is to leave the state and hide out to prevent a quorum from being met.
If you tossed out the filibuster, instead of Republican filibusters, Republicans could hop on a ship and sail to international waters to avoid quorum.
The filibuster is decidedly less insane.
Which is why nobody's suggesting removing it.
There would be a huge political price to be paid for doing that. Obviously a senator from Utah or Alabama could do whatever, but from a competitive state, I can imagine the campaign commercials now about lazy, do-nothing Senator Smith who cant be bothered to go to work and do the job you elected him to do.