Graham predicted that the exception for Supreme Court nominees and for legislation, under which 60 votes are still needed to break a filibuster, will eventually give way to partisan fervor.
The South Carolina Republican, who faces four GOP primary challengers in his re-election bid next year, said the Democrats’ filibuster change runs counter to the constitutional founders’ intent that the Senate be a more deliberative body than the House.
“The Senate is slowly but surely becoming (like) the House, where winner takes all and ends justify the means,” Graham said.
This is one thing Graham and I agree on. Now that people have seen just how easy it is to change the Senate rules I doubt activists and donors are going to accept their top legislative priorities being killed just because their senators are unwilling to take 30 minutes to eliminate the filibuster.
What is important about Graham expressing this opinion, though, is he’s turning it into a self-fulfilling prophecy. The more senators who think the other party will eventually eliminate the legislative filibuster once they regain power, the more likely they are to “preemptively” eliminate it. There is no point artificially tying your hands with the filibuster if you think the other party will eliminate it if they win.
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