Republicans Would Scrap the Filibuster If They Needed to. Democrats Should End It Now

Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina, who holds the record for the longest one-person filibuster, leading opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1957. He spoke for 23 hours, 30 minutes, nonstop. Other opponents of the Act, delayed a vote for 57 days, after which the bill passed. Thurmond, then a Democrat, eventually switched parties, becoming a Republican in 1964. Source: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/is-the-filibuster-constitutional/

In late 2016, Senate Majority Leader McConnell weaponized a distorted version of a Joe Biden Senate speech as a key part of the Republican excuse to kill President Obama’s Merrick Garland, Supreme Court nomination. Joe Biden delivered his speech on June 25, 1992, noting his disquiet about presidents nominating a Supreme Court justice in the…