In recent years, the original, stem-winding filibuster mutated into a “filibuster lite” that allowed senators in the minority to block a vote on a nominee without having to engage in marathon speechmaking. A once-rare form of obstruction became commonplace. Now a minority of senators will be free to vote against a president’s nominees but not to prevent a vote from being taken. That’s a victory not just for the Democrats but for good government.
— Los Angeles Times
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