Today, the filibuster is also something of a scapegoat. As James Wallner, a senior fellow at the R Street Institute, wrote for Reason in January, there are plenty of other ways for the minority to use the Senate’s rules to hold up legislation. Abolishing the filibuster will merely change the dynamics of this debate, but it won’t end it.
The better question to be asked is whether allowing the Senate to pass bills with a simple majority would improve government. Considering that Democrats are trying to shove it out of the way to speed through questionably constitutional gun control bills and even more spending, it’s difficult for anyone who believes in limited government to cheer the filibuster’s potential demise. But this is a debate that requires clarity, not misplaced accusations of racism.