Filibuster and False-Equivalence Fiesta

By James Fallows

News has piled up fast about the filibuster in the past two weeks, and I am way behind in taking note of it. While I have ten minutes at a computer just now -- and am not in a taxi, in a security line, in a green room, or in some other fashion enjoying the delights of new-city-each-day travel -- here is a quick update on some relevant reading tips:

1) Ezra Klein on the lawsuit Common Cause is initiating, on grounds that abuse of the filibuster has risen to the level of unconstitutional offense. (More info from Common Cause here.) Klein's item also has this explaino-graph:
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2) Greg Sargent on the blunt anti-false-equivalence article by Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein last month (from their book), and the "move along here, nothing to notice" attitude of some of the media outlets who were most directly the objects of Mann and Ornstein's criticism.

3) Harry Reid seeing the light about what filibuster abuse has meant.

Lots more on this topic ahead; just wanting to point out some of the signs of progress, while also indicating that I have not entirely dozed off at the controls.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/05/filibuster-and-false-equivalence-fiesta/257221/