"Over the past two decades, the minority has learned that they profit in the next election when the majority is judged a failure," Ezra Klein wrote in the Washington Post. "They also have learned they have the power to make the majority into a failure by using the minority protections of the Senate to obstruct the majority’s agenda. That is to say, the minority has both the incentive and the power to make the majority fail." Klein's solution is for senators to pass a law removing the filibuster rule eight years into the future, when we don't know which party might initially benefit from the rule change. "If members of Congress cannot be made to prize the functioning of their institution over the next election, perhaps they can be made to prize the future functioning of the institution over someone else's future election," Klein wrote. "If not, we're in pretty bad shape."
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