The filibuster relies the assumption that after negotiating in good faith, one of the parties to negotiations can singlehandedly hold the passage of legislation to a super-majority vote. What has broken down in this gentleman’s agreement, and what Joseph Lieberman has brought front and center, is that parties who negotiate in bad faith *still* get to use the filibuster. At this point, Lieberman’s motivations hardly matter. He has announced to his colleagues that he is unprincipled and cannot be trusted. There is no point in even engaging someone like this anymore. Either end the filibuster or start looking at budget reconciliation, because Lieberman has set the new standard for deliberations in the U.S. Senate.

Mori Dinauer, in TAPPED.


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