Why the talking filibuster won’t work

The talking filibuster worked for Jimmy Stewart, but it probably won’t work for Democrats.

Absent some miracle, Democrats won’t soon be able to get rid of the filibuster that effectively imposes a 60-vote supermajority requirement in the Senate to pass legislation. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) still won’t support their party’s efforts to eliminate the blocking tactic from the chamber’s rulebook. But there is still a chance to tweak those rules — and in recent days, the “talking filibuster” appears to have emerged as a favorite possibility for reform.

“I don’t think that you have to eliminate the filibuster, you have to do it what it used to be when I first got to the Senate back in the old days,” President Biden



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