Forget Filibuster Reform
A few weeks ago, the media reported Harry Reid was "open to filibuster reform." Maybe he really said it out loud. I was pretty sure at the time it was bluster and, sadly, I was right about Harry:
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced a series of rules changes for the Senate on which he struck an agreement with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), among them an agreement to not seek changes to the filibuster or other rules. [...]I guess it's better than nothing, but this is what I mean when I say the problem is old guard Dems as much as the current incarnation of the GOP. It's not about policy as much as process. Both are equally averse to any big changes in their elite little club. Their cozy set of rules work to facilitate outcomes that keep the corporate campaign money pouring in.
The reforms include an end to secret holds, a reduction in the number of presidential nominations subject to the lengthy Senate confirmation process, an end to mandatory readings for amendments if they've been publicly available for at least three days, an agreement by Republicans to limit their filibusters of motions to begin debate, and an agreement by Democrats to limit instances in which they "fill the tree" — or limit the number of amendments Republicans can put to a given piece of legislation.