Listen to the high-minded references to the Founding Fathers used by Sen. Joe Biden in 2005 arguing against tampering with the filibuster.
It’s only 16 or 17 years ago, when he was a veteran senator whose views on the matter should have been well-formed.
Turns out they were jelly, because now he wants filibuster “reform.” The defining factor was not principle, but rather power. In 2005, Republicans were in the majority with 55 votes, and Democrats were able to use the filibuster to their advantage. Today, Democrats hold power with 50 votes and the vice presidency.
So, time to change the filibuster.