But now, he says it is a relic of Jim Crow.
Opponents of the filibuster are very clever. They know that if they make it into a race issue, they may win, because everyone will get scared.
Biden bought into that Thursday at his press conference, agreeing with Constitutional Scholar Barack Obama that the filibuster is a Jim Crow relic, even though Obama previously backed it.
In 2005, Biden didn’t just support the filibuster, he was passionate about it.
“It is not only a bad idea, it upsets the constitutional design and it disservices the country,” Biden said. “No longer would the Senate be that ‘different kind of legislative body’ that the Founders intended. No longer would the Senate be the ‘saucer’ to cool the passions of the immediate majority.”
He said ending the practice would be a disaster. “Senators would start thinking about changing other rules when they became ‘inconvenient.’ Instead of two-thirds of the vote to change a rule, you’d now have precedent that it only takes a bare majority. Altering Senate rules to help in one political fight or another could become standard operating procedure, which, in my view, would be disastrous.”