Is there anyone out there who seriously thinks that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., would not abolish the filibuster a minute or two after becoming majority leader?
I mean, let’s be serious. Democrats do what it takes to win. Republicans, not so much all the time.
According to Politico:
President Donald Trump had a simple message for Senate Republicans during a meeting at the White House on Tuesday: Kill the filibuster now, before Chuck Schumer and the Democrats do.
Trump told more than 15 House and Senate GOP appropriators that Schumer, the Senate minority leader, would get rid of the legislative filibuster if Democrats took over the chamber in November. According to several lawmakers, Trump suggested that a mutual friend he shares with Schumer heard this from the New York Democrat and then passed the tidbit onto the president.
In Trump’s view, Senate filibusters should take place only when a senator stands up and holds the floor. Trump mentioned “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” the 1939 movie in which Jimmy Stewart’s character, Jefferson Smith, stages a filibuster until a corrupt Senate leader is exposed, as an example of how the process should operate.
I don’t need someone who talks to Trump and Schumer to tell me that Schumer, even if he did not want to do such a thing, would be under irresistible pressure from the left to end the filibuster rule, which basically requires 60 votes to pass anything that can’t technically be related to the budget.
But Republicans will probably wring their hands and wait instead of seizing the opportunity to enact legislation before a possible Democratic takeover.