The Question to Ask About the Filibuster

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (and to a lesser extent, Sen. Sinema) are getting lots of questions about the filibuster. But these questions are always phrased as “would you be willing to get rid of the filibuster?” Which is the wrong question–or at least an incomplete one.

The question that Manchin and other filibuster proponents should be asking is “Given the choice between voting rights legislation or the maintaining the filibuster (in its current form), which would you choose?”

That’s a much harder, albeit more accurate, question to answer. Hopefully, someone will commit some journalism and pose the question directly.

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