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Biden once said the filibuster was needed to preserve the “constitutional design”

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.”

5 thoughts on “Biden once said the filibuster was needed to preserve the “constitutional design””

  1. Yes, at one time, with lofty words, senile joe once proclaimed the sanctity of the filibuster. Now he viciously attacks the filibuster as something evil, something from the “jim crow” era. A hard core ethically corrupt politician who flaunts his hypocrisy shamelessly and without regard to his integrity of which he has none. That is why the American people love Donald Trump; he was not hypocritical; he was consistent. He was (and still is) a breath of fresh air compared to senile joe, self-righteous pelosi, crooked hillary and all politicians of their ilk.

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