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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Parties Switch Sides on the Filibuster

At The Washington Post, Scott Clement provides more evidence that where you stand depends on where you sit.
In 2005, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found 64 percent of Democrats preferring to “keep” the filibuster rule for judicial appointments, while only 20 percent wanted to “eliminate” it. Republicans took the opposite view – wanting to end the filibuster – by a similar margin. The survey question described the main arguments of political leaders at the time: Republicans want to eliminate the filibuster saying it’s unfair for a minority to block a full Senate vote while Democrats want to retain it so the minority can block judges it strongly opposes.

May 2005 Washington Post-ABC News poll