Why is abortion missing from this discussion, especially when it is currently more central to our main public policy debate than the filibuster? The filibuster has allowed Democrats to impose a minority view of abortion rights on the country; saying that unpopular legislation tends to fail is true, but not complete, because that is not the most powerful effect to which Democrats have used it.
Now, maybe it's worth sacrificing some abortion rights in order to secure legislation. Me, I'm comfortable with the filibuster, because I think that in a democracy as pluralistic as ours, the government needs a way for sizable minorities to influence policy. But I think you have to be more explicit about the tradeoffs when you discuss eliminating it.
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