Friday, August 10, 2012

without filibuster reform, no one will control the senate next year

can we just cut the crap and recognize that, unless there is filibuster reform, "retaking the senate" is not in the cards for either party? now that every bill gets filibustered, it effectively takes 60 votes in the senate to pass anything. the party with 51+ votes gets to control the committees and certain procedural aspects of the chamber (which is important, mind you), but unless it has 60+ it isn't in control in the same sense as "control of the house," or even what "control of the senate" used to mean just a few years ago.

neither party is going to have less than 41 senators next year. so control isn't really up for grabs in november.