In two parts. First, a useful Wikipedia chart
showing how recent and a-historical the current Senate practice of filibusters for everything really is. The blue line, on the top, is the significant one: it is a gauge of how often bills or nominations were subjected to the need for a "supermajority" vote, rather than a regular Constitutional majority. The goldish line, on the bottom, indicates how often the supermajority prevailed -- how often they "broke the filibuster." As a reminder, there is nothing
in the Constitution about this practice. (Supermajorities for certain situations, like impeachment or ratifying treaties or passing Constitutional Amendments, yes; as a general practice, no.) Click on graph for larger view.
Also, my On the Media interview on this topic, with Bob Garfield, here
. (Previously about filibusters here
and passim. Very good omnibus piece by Tim Noah in Slate, here
. To round things out, yesterday's All Things Considered discussion with Guy Raz, though not about filibusters, here
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